Most Argentine judges don’t have the best public image. Every relevant decision they make is immediately subject to intense scrutiny by the media, the public and politicians.
In general though, all the fuss ends up turning out to be (mostly) speculation. But the case of Judge Gladys Silvia Vitale, charged earlier this week, is different. She wasn’t accused by a NGO or a politician for getting money from green lighting the construction of a dam in a remote location, there was no contractor that also happened to be the brother-in-law of the judge’s second cousin, rather the judge in question is accused of something with much more straight-forward benefit.
Vitale was accused of making some of her from the district of Morón’s 60th courthouse undertake non-work related tasks like picking up her kids from school and cleaning her house, among others.
And that’s not all. Once the first series of accusations surfaced, other courthouse employees came out to claiming that the judge also insulted them and wouldn’t let them go to the bathroom. It gets worse. She is now also suspected of not having attended the courthouse when she was legally obliged to be there.
According to one of the many formal complaints, she ordered an employee to manipulate the official record so that it looked like she was present when she was actually on vacation. Silver lining: she couldn’t abuse her employees while away.
In order to do this, the judge would have issued rulings before due legal process took place. If proved to be true, her sentences could be annulled and she could face an impeachment process.