Penelope Soto Tells Judge She Is Starting To Work Toward GED

The teen has a tutor

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    Penelope Soto returned to Miami-Dade court Friday to show she's been making progress following her arrest on a Xanax possession charge last month. She told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Cohen that she is starting to work toward a GED, and said she is doing clerical work.

    Penelope Soto returned to Miami-Dade court Friday to show she’s been making progress following her arrest on a Xanax possession charge last month.

    Soto, 18, who flipped off a Miami-Dade judge during her bond hearing Feb. 4, appeared before another circuit judge, Jeri Cohen, on Friday.

    Penelope Soto Has Passed 8 Drug Tests: Judge

    [MI] Penelope Soto Has Passed 8 Drug Tests: Judge
    Penelope Soto, 18, attended a status hearing where it was revealed she's passed eight drug tests and has attended all counseling sessions following her arrest earlier this month. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeffrey Rosinek and Soto – who made national headlines for flipping the bird at another judge during her bond hearing – spoke in court Monday.

    Cohen, who had not handled Soto’s case before, asked the teen when she would start getting her GED.

    Soto said she is starting to work toward the degree. She has a tutor, the judge noted, as Soto’s mother nodded in agreement.

    Penelope Soto, Woman Who Flipped Off Judge, Appears In Court

    [MI] Penelope Soto, Woman Who Flipped Off Judge, Appears In Court
    Penelope Soto, the woman who flipped off a Miami-Dade judge, attended a status hearing where it was revealed she's passed eight drug tests and has attended all counseling sessions following her arrest earlier this month.

    Soto also told Cohen that she is doing clerical work.

    Soto is actively going to rehab classes and passing her drug tests, officials said in court.

    In February Soto flipped the bird at Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, who gave her a 30-day jail sentence for contempt of court.

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    But the sentence was dropped four days later after she apologized to the judge, saying that she was wrong for insulting him. Soto’s lawyer said she was impaired by her ingestion of drugs and alcohol when she made the obscene gesture.

    At a court appearance Feb. 25, officials said that Soto had passed eight drug tests and attended all counseling sessions.

    "Eight out of eight, that's perfect, congratulations!" said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, who applauded Soto’s efforts and wished her continued success in the drug treatment program.