A Colombian judge has been suspended for three months after appearing on a virtual Zoom meeting half-naked in bed while smoking a cigarette.
During the virtual court hearing on whether a man charged in a 2021 car bombing should be granted bail, 34-year-old judge Vivian Polanía, who is known for sharing NSFW photos on her Instagram page, can be seen lying in bed, half-awake while smoking a cigarette.
She had more than 30,000 followers on Instagram until her account was deactivated this week.
In the 33-second clip circulating on social media, a prosecutor eventually tells Polanía that her camera is on and she immediately turns it off.
After the Zoom meeting, one of the solicitors in the case reported what happened to Colombia’s National Commission of Judicial Ethics.
Spanish-language outlet Infobae reported that the commission said in a written ruling that Polanía’s suspension will remain in effect until February 2023. “It is a duty of this commission to avoid repeating the judge’s contempt for the investiture of her position and the contempt she showed with her peers in the public prosecutor’s office, the prosecution, and the defense.”
“We find no justification for the judge to have presented herself in such deplorable conditions when she had the facilities of her own home and all the amenities necessary to prepare for a public hearing appropriately and with the respect such a hearing deserved.”
According to the Spanish-language outlet El Pais, Polanía told a local radio station she was in bed during the hearing because she was suffering from an anxiety attack, and claimed she had been threatened with disciplinary proceedings in the past because of her racy online content.