Judge Vivian Polanía has previously faced controversy in the past over her racy Instagram posts
By Bradford Betz
A Colombian judge known for sharing racy photos on her Instagram page has been suspended for three months after appearing on a virtual Zoom meeting while 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 lounging in bed, appearing half-awake while taking a drag from a cigarette. At one point in 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 around debates over whether a man charged in a 2021 car bombing should be granted bail.
One of the solicitors on the call reported Polanía’s alleged impropriety to Colombia’s National Commission of Judicial Ethics.
The commission said in a written ruling that Polanía’s suspension will remain in effect until February 2023, Spanish-language outlet Infobae reported.
“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,” the commission wrote.
“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.”
Fox News Digital has reached to Polanía for comment.
According to the Spanish-language publication El Pais, Polana responded to the incident by telling a local radio station that she was having an anxiety attack and was lying in bed during the hearing.
She also claimed that in the past, disciplinary action had been threatened against her due to her behavior online.
“You never know when an anxiety attack will strike. She allegedly stated, “I always wear my gown,” adding that she “had low blood pressure.”