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Brazil's First Female Attorney General Takes Charge

Published on September 20, 2017
Raquel Dodge will be first woman to hold the position of attorney general in Brazil
Raquel Dodge has replaced Rodrigo Janot
Brazil's First Female Attorney General Takes Chage
  • She has shown a willingness to go after politicians. In 2010, she oversaw an investigation that led to first arrest of a sitting governor in Brazilian history. Several allies of Temer were charged in the case.
  • An attorney-general is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions they may also have executive responsibility for law enforcement, prosecutions or even responsibility for legal affairs generally. 
  • In practice, the extent to which the attorney-general personally provides legal advice to the government varies between jurisdictions, and even between individual office-holders within the same jurisdiction, often depending on the level and nature of the office-holder's prior legal experience.
  • Dodge had served on the Superior Council of the Public Prosecutor's Office and was coordinator of the Criminal Chamber of the Public Prosecutor's Office. 
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