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Brazil Supreme Court Appoints First Black President

October 11, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — The Brazilian Supreme Court appointed the first black presiding judge, Joaquim Barbosa, on Wednesday.

Judge Joaquim Barbosa, 58, was appointed by ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2003 and became the first black judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

More recently, he has been known for overseeing the “Mensalão,” or “big monthly allowance” case, which convicted senior members of ex-President Lula’s administration for corruption.

Barbosa will take his post once the “Mensalão” trial ends.

Read more at BBC.

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