On Wednesday (13), the Senate Plenary Assembly approved the appointment of Leonardo Cardoso de Magalhães as Federal Public Defender General – the highest position in the Federal Public Defender's Office – for a two-year term. There were 47 votes in favor, 30 against and 1 abstention (MSF 87/2023). Magalhães' name was already approved at a hearing in the Committee on Constitution and Justice (CCJ) last week, based on a report by Senator Jayme Campos (União-MT).
During the hearing at the CCJ, the public defender elected to fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of office of Daniel Macedo Alves Pereira stated that his management would invest in out-of-court solutions to conflicts, avoiding opening new cases in court. He recalled that the mission of the Public Defender's Office is to provide legal advice, promote human rights and provide comprehensive and free defense to the most defenseless population.
Leonardo Magalhães' nomination was sent to the Senate after it was rejected by Igor Roberto Albuquerque Roque at the end of October. He received only 35 votes in favour, six short of the required minimum. Despite appeals from senators during the plenary session and commitments made by Igor Roque with the evangelical panel on issues such as abortion, the nomination was ultimately rejected.
Agência Senado (reproduction authorized based on the quote from Agência Senado)