Brazil's president names progressive lawyer to Supreme Court

April 14, 2015 11:57 PM

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff nominated a law professor close to leftist social groups on Tuesday to sit on Brazil's Supreme Court as it begins to investigate dozens of ruling coalition politicians for corruption.

If confirmed by the Senate, Luiz Edson Fachin, a civil law expert from Parana state, will take the seat of Joaquim Barbosa, the former chief justice who retired last year after leading Brazil's highest-profile political corruption trial to date.

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