Brazil names first woman to Supreme Court
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- For the first time, Brazil has appointed a woman
bench of its Supreme Court.
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso nominated federal court judge Ellen
Northfleet, 52, to replace Supreme Court justice Octavio Gallotti, who retired last
"You have entered history," Cardoso was quoted as saying when he told
Northfleet of the appointment late Tuesday.
The appointment must be confirmed by the Senate and is expected to face
opposition because Supreme Court judges are usually chosen from the Superior
Court circuit where Northfleet did not preside. The president of the Superior
Court, Paulo Costa Leite, said the appointment represented a break in judicial
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