Joaquim Barbosa

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Joaquim Benedito Barbosa Gomes, more popularly known as Joaquim Barbosa, is the first Afro-Brazilian Chief Justice of his country’s supreme court (Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF). But more than being the highest court’s first black president, Joaquim Barbosa is hailed as a national hero by his people because of his fearless stand regarding the biggest corruption case ever heard in the country—the Mensalao (or Big Monthly Allowance). Without inhibitions, he faced the Chief of Staff of former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and convicted him and his cohorts for using the people’s money for their personal gain.

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