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Judge Working From Home Appears Half-naked During Live-streamed Court Hearing

Judge Carmo Antonio de Souza appears shirtless | Image: Daily Mail

A judge working from home left viewers stunned after he appeared half-naked during a live-streamed court hearing.

Judge Carmo Antonio de Souza, a magistrate in the Brazilian state of Amapá, appeared shirtless before the start of an Amapá State Court of Justice video conference streamed on Zoom on April 7.

Souza, 52, was part of a video call with other judges from the State Court in Amapa who are all working from home during the coronavirus lockdown. He was seen on video taking a sip from his glass while staring at the computer screen as the other six court officials dressed in business attire.

He then walked off the camera and returned to the meeting wearing a buttoned dress shirt before the 1186th Ordinary Session of the Single Chamber was held.

The court looked into the incident on Tuesday and cleared de Souza of any wrongdoing was for his video appearance while all of the judges were waiting to get going with the session.

“The occurrence of incidents such as what happened is perfectly understandable,” the Amapá State Court of Justice said in a statement.

It maintained that the incident was completely accidental given that the camera turned on before the session was due to start — and noted it was for mere seconds before the judge returned suitably dressed.

“The moment experienced by the world requires dedication from everyone to solutions for maintaining essential services, such as the measures adopted by the Brazilian Justice, respect for the guidelines of health authorities and, above all, indulgence, compassion and commitment to the common good, thus avoiding the proliferation of fake news and distorted information, which in no way contribute to facing and overcoming the pandemic.”

As of 16 April 2020, 30,425 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the country, causing 1,924 deaths.

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