Joaquim Barbosa: Brazil’s First Black Supreme Court Justice
Joaquim Barbosa became the only black ever to become Supreme Court Justice of Brazil.
Barbosa will have a 2-year tenure as Supreme Court president. The election of the President of Supreme Court is done on the basis of the length of period a justice has served on the bench. The justice who has served on the bench the longest is elected.
Barbosa made news when he presided over a high-profile corruption trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme. The court has convicted 25 people including the former chief of staff of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.