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Lawyer in Petrobras cases quits practice, cites concern for 'security of my family'

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A lawyer known for her representation of witnesses in an unfolding Brazilian corruption scandal concerning the state-run oil company Petrobras has given up her practice and at last report was vacationing in Florida.

Beatriz Catta Preta told TV Globo’s Jornal Nacional in a Portuguese-language interview that she had received no direct threats but “for the security of my family, of my children, I decided to end my career in the law,” according to Reuters.

Catta Preta had negotiated pleas for nine defendants in a major bribery, price-fixing and political kickback scandal linked to Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known.

A Bloomberg View story provides additional details.

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