Colombian judge suspended after appearing on Zoom half-naked, smoking in bed

A Colombian judge known for sharing racy photos on his Instagram page has been suspended for three months after appearing 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 on her bed, looking half-awake as she takes a drag on 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 to grant bail to a man accused of a 2021 car bombing.

One of the lawyers present 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 would remain in effect until February 2023, Spanish-language newspaper Infobae reported.

“It is the duty of this commission to avoid repeating the judge’s contempt for the investiture of his position and the contempt he has shown to his colleagues in the prosecutor’s, prosecution and defense offices,” the commission wrote.

A Colombian judge has faced disciplinary proceedings in the past for his racy Instagram photos.

A Colombian judge has faced disciplinary proceedings in the past for his racy Instagram photos.

“We find no justification for the judge to appear in such a deplorable condition when he had the facilities of his own home and all the necessary comforts to prepare for a public hearing properly and with the respect such a hearing deserved.”

Fox News Digital 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 broadcaster El Pais.

She also said that she has been threatened with disciplinary proceedings in the past due to her online conduct.


“You never know when you’re going to have an anxiety attack. I always wear my lab coat,” she said, adding that “she had low blood pressure.”


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