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Colombian judge suspended after appearing half-naked at virtual hearing

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Colombian judge Vivian Polania has been suspended after appearing half-naked on camera during a virtual hearing. Polonia lay in bed during the hearing and casually smoked a cigarette.

After the hearing, one of the lawyers present reported Polania’s strange behavior. Shortly afterward, a short video also went viral in which the judge can be seen smoking in bed. The National Commission for Judicial Ethics of Colombia decided to temporarily suspend the judge without pay in response to the complaint and the video. “Although the hearing was held via Zoom, Judge Polania had all the necessary facilities to appear appropriately dressed on camera,” they said. “This display shows a lack of respect for her justice.”

According to El Pais, Polania commented that the video lacked context. She allegedly lay down because she had an anxiety attack during the hearing. The judge also said that she had been bullied by her colleagues for a long time. They would open a disciplinary investigation if she didn’t change “who she was as a person” .

Polania has been known in Colombia for some time as the judge who likes to put risqué photos of herself online. A while ago, the judge posted photos of herself in lingerie sharing discount codes. She has already received a warning for this from the Judicial Ethics Committee. In response to these warnings, the judge said: “Not all judges, lawyers and other officials are the same. What I wear and show on my social media is my decision and I’m not going to change anything.”

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