At the end of a hearing for eight hours at the Senate Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ), former Justice Minister and former Federal Attorney General André Mendonça was approved for the seat on the Federal Supreme Court, also receiving the approval in the House’s plenary, with 32 votes in favor and 32 votes against. Mendonça is the second minister to be appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), after Kássio Nunes Marques, and has a profile that, in many points, diverges from most of his court colleagues. A Presbyterian pastor, Mendonça declared before the CCJ that he intends to act without activism, in defense of religious freedom and the secular state, a combo that, added to the epithet of “terribly evangelical” attributed by Bolsonaro, frames him as a conservative jurist.
If the role of the new minister matches the speech at the CCJ, it can be said that Mendonça will be one of the first magistrates with these characteristics to join the Court since the redemocratization process, although the discussion on conservatism in the Judiciary Branch goes beyond the ideological sense: it is known, for example, that Minister Carmen Lúcia is a practicing Catholic, which she is not. prevented her from voting for the equivalence of homophobia to the crime of racism in 2010 – an agenda defended by progressives and, for many analysts, approved through judicial activism.