A Colombian judge known for sharing racy photos on her Instagram page has been suspended for three months after appearing in a virtual Zoom meeting topless and smoking a cigarette in bed.
In a 33-second clip circulating on social media, Judge Vivian Polania, 34, can be seen lying on her bed, apparently half awake as she puffs on a cigarette. At one point during the hearing, a prosecutor tells Polanía that her camera is on and she immediately turns it off while she continues the hearing, local media reported.
The virtual court hearing focused on debates over whether a man accused of a 2021 car bombing should be granted bail.
One of the lawyers on the call denounced Polanía’s alleged irregularity to Colombia’s National Judicial Ethics Commission.
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The commission said in a written ruling that Polania’s suspension will remain in effect until February 2023, Spanish-language outlet Infobae reported.
“It is the duty of this commission to avoid a repeat of the judge’s contempt for the investiture of her position and the contempt she showed with her peers in the Public Ministry, the prosecution and the defense,” the commission wrote.
“We find no justification for the judge to have appeared in such deplorable conditions when she had the facilities of her own home and all the necessary comforts to prepare a public hearing in an adequate manner and with the respect that such a hearing deserved.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to Polania for comment.
In response to the incident, Polania 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 País.
In addition, she alleged that she had been threatened with disciplinary proceedings in the past due to her conduct online.
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“You never know when you’re going to have an anxiety attack. I always wear my robe,” she reportedly said, adding that she “had low blood pressure.”