A controversial Colombian judge who was caught smoking in her underwear during a Zoom hearing has been suspended, according to local reports.
The incident was brought to the attention of Colombia’s National Commission for Judicial Ethics after one of the lawyers reported the alleged impropriety of Judge Vivian Polania.
The 33-second clip appears to show the Cucuta judge, dressed in a top and underwear, puffing on a cigarette and debating during a virtual hearing whether a man held in connection with a car bombing should be granted bail. .
The judge has received repeated warnings for posting pictures on her personal Instagram account in scantily clad outfits with discount clothing codes.
In response to these earlier warnings, Ms Polania responded by claiming that she was simply expressing herself as a “braless and open minded” person.
“Not all judges, lawyers and other civil servants are the same. What I wear and show on my social networks is my decision and I’m not going to change anything about it,” she said at the time.
This time, however, the Colombian judge is not being criticized for her online behavior in her personal domain, but rather for her online professional sphere.
Colombia’s National Commission for Judicial Ethics said in a written decision suspending Ms Polania, which will run until February 2023, that although the courtroom was virtual, she still had “all the necessary equipment” to present herself.
“It is the duty of this commission to avoid repeating the contempt of the judge by granting her office and the contempt she has shown to her colleagues in the prosecution, prosecution and defense,” the commission wrote in the suspension decision.
“We find no justification for the judge to find herself in such deplorable conditions when she had the facilities of her own home and all the equipment necessary to prepare for a public hearing properly and with the respect that such conduct deserves.”
Speaking to a local radio station about the incident, Ms Polania claimed the video clip circulating online was misleading as she claimed she had just laid down because she was suffering from anxiety attacks while driving. Earth reported.
Ms Polania also claimed during an interview with Blu Radio that she had been bullied by fellow judges for years because of her behavior online, adding that these individuals allegedly told her that “if I don’t change my way of being, they will open a disciplinary investigation”.
“You never know when you’re going to have an anxiety attack. I always wear my clothes,” she told the radio station this week, Earth she announced, before adding that she “had low blood pressure.”