A Colombian judge known for sharing racy photos on her Instagram page has been suspended for three months after taking part in a virtual Zoom meeting half-naked and smoking a cigarette in bed.
In a 33-second clip circulating on social media, 34-year-old judge Vivian Polanía can be seen lying in bed, appearing half-awake while taking a puff of a cigarette. At one point during the hearing, a prosecutor tells Polanía that her camera is on and she immediately turns it off as the hearing continues, local media reported.
The virtual court hearing centered on debates over whether a man accused of a 2021 car bombing should be released on bail.
One of the appeal lawyers reported Polanía’s alleged impropriety to Colombia’s National Judicial Ethics Commission.
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The commission said in a written decision that Polanía’s suspension would remain in effect until February 2023, Spanish-language news outlet Infobae reported.
“It is the duty of this commission to avoid repeating the judge’s contempt for the inauguration of her position and the contempt she has shown towards her peers in the prosecution, prosecution and defense,” writes the Commission.
“We find no justification for the judge to appear in such deplorable conditions when she had the facilities of her own home and all the conveniences necessary to prepare for a public hearing appropriately and with the respect that a such an audience deserved.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to Polanía for comment.
In response to the incident, Polanía told a local radio station that she was lying in bed during the hearing because she was suffering from an anxiety attack, according to Spanish-language outlet El Pais.
She further alleged that she had been threatened with disciplinary action in the past due to her online conduct.
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“You never know when you’re going to have a panic attack. I always wear my blouse,” she reportedly said, adding that she “had low blood pressure.”