Zoom video goes viral – suspended for three months
Judge shows up half-naked at hearing
It was probably a mistake: the Colombian judge Vivian Polania turned on the camera during a virtual hearing. She showed herself half naked. For this she was reprimanded and suspended.
This is how judge Vivian Polania appears on her Instagram page.
A Colombian judge notorious for showing a lot of skin on social media was handed a three-month suspension this week. The reason: she had shown herself half naked and smoking in bed during a virtual court hearing via Zoom. The responsible disciplinary committee decided on Tuesday that Vivian Polania (34) had violated several regulations.
The hearing was about a car bomb attack on an army facility in the city of Cucuta in June 2021, news site Infobae reports. When Polania’s camera was suddenly turned on, the judge was seen “disheveled and with sleepy eyes,” according to the 16-page justification of the disciplinary committee. In addition, Polania spoke indistinctly.
Participants filmed the event with their cell phones
The camera had previously been turned off for almost an hour during the trial. When a lawyer present at the hearing alerted the judge that the camera was on, Polania immediately turned the device off. But not before a participant in the Zoom meeting filmed what was happening on his screen with his cell phone.
The video went viral on the internet. Now the frivolous judge has to take unpaid vacation until February. The Disciplinary Committee is of the opinion that Polania is unable to perform her duties. She did not respect the parties at the hearing and did not comply with the judge’s dress code. “Such a situation is incompatible with the care, respect and prudence with which a judge of the Republic must administer justice and shows a clear lack of respect on the part of the official,” the decision said.
She appears unfazed by the controversy
Polania justifies the Zoom appearance. She was not half naked, she explained on the radio. She only had to lie down during the hearing because she suffered a panic attack and had low blood pressure. She was extremely overworked, which led to psychological problems. In addition, she has always been bullied by her colleagues and criticized for being too sexy.
It is not the first time that the judge has caused a stir with her open-heartedness. There was already an investigation against her because of her Instagram page, where she shows up in skimpy underwear and BDSM-like outfits. Polania does intense fitness training and obviously likes to flaunt her toned physique and her 37 tattoos on the internet. This with some success: the judge has over 360,000 followers on Instagram.
Polania is unimpressed by the controversy surrounding the zoom video. “I’m tired of having to please other people instead of being at peace with myself,” said the 34-year-old. She will not change her personality for others. (noo)