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A criminal court judge in Argentina is under investigation after she was allegedly caught on a jail camera purportedly smooching with a convicted cop killer in footage that leaked out online.
Judge Mariel Suarez reportedly implied that it’s all good, however, because she has no “sentimental relationship” with the inmate, and she’s apparently just moonlighting as a journalist to chronicle his life story — which may or may not perhaps give a new meaning to side hustle or kiss and tell.
“Judicial authorities in Chubut Province have opened disciplinary proceedings against a judge to probe alleged ‘inappropriate conduct,’ after the magistrate was caught on camera kissing a highly dangerous prisoner her court had previously sentenced to life imprisonment,” the Buenos Aires Times detailed about the incident that occurred on December 29.
A corrections officer on duty apparently notified authorities about what he observed in a prison classroom.
“In the video, she can be seen kissing the prisoner, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last December 22 for the 2008 murder of policeman Leandro ‘Tito’ Roberts in Corcovado…According to reports in local outlets, he admitted during the trial that he had pulled the trigger for the shot that killed Roberts,” the news outlet noted.
In the brief recording which is less-than 4K quality, it also somewhat looks like one person of a duo might be taking a selfie with either a smartphone or a tablet.
Watch and draw your own conclusions about the alleged facetime:
[CHUBUT] Se le inició un sumario a una jueza por besarse con un preso al que condenó a perpetua. 🎥 pic.twitter.com/RbYQU8b9MQ
— ElCanciller.com (@elcancillercom) January 4, 2022
In another unusual aspect to the story, a week earlier Judge Suarez reportedly was one of three judges on the defendant’s sentencing panel, and the only one who sought a lighter penalty for him.
The judge reportedly told an Argentine news channel that she and the inmate encountered each other by chance in the lockup.
“I have no sentimental relationship with this person, I have no personal ties. I am making a book with this person because of his story and it is the first one I am going to write. I will make a statement and show the documents so that they can see that the statement is real,” she explained.
“It was the first time I had seen him and we had talked about it [the sentencing]. I bumped into him, told him I was going to arrange an interview with him and told him I was going to write a book. I want to do a piece of investigative journalism.
“He was very happy with the project because after many years he could tell what happened,” the judge remarked, adding that, “He told me personal things and showed me his tattoos.”
Commenting on the probe, court officials asserted very legalistically that “the proceedings are aimed at elucidating the circumstances of the meeting between a judge and a convicted person, the tenor of the meeting, its duration and its characteristics, which could imply violations of the Public Ethics Law and/or the General Internal Regulations of the Judiciary.”
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