Woman Gives Judge Middle Finger, Gets 30-Day Sentence for Contempt

Woman in court on drug charge given stiff sentence for flipping bird

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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Penelope Soto is sentenced to 30 days behind bars for giving Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat the middle finger during a bond court appearance.

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Penelope Soto is sentenced to 30 days behind bars for giving Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat the middle finger during a bond court appearance.

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30 Days in Jail for Woman Who Gave Miami-Dade Judge Middle Finger

Penelope Soto is sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court after she gives Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat the finger during a bond hearing.
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A woman facing a drug possession charge got a harsh lesson in justice after a Miami-Dade judge sentenced her to 30 days in jail for flipping him the bird at a hearing Monday.

Penelope Soto, 18, was arrested for possession of Xanax and was brought before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat Monday, where she was asked about her assets.

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Soto, who was sporting orange jail clothes and smiled and stroked her hair through the proceeding, laughed when she was asked how much her jewelry was worth.

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"It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat told her. "We are not in a club, be serious about it."

"I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh," Soto replied. "You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."

"Like what?" the judge asked.

"Like Rick Ross. It's worth money," she said.

The judge, not understanding the odd reference to the South Florida rapper, asked Soto if she's taken any drugs in the past 24 hours.

"Actually, no," she replied.

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Rodriguez-Chomat set her bond at $5,000 and said "bye,bye," and Soto laughed and replied "Adios."

Annoyed, Rodriguez-Chomat summoned her back and reset her bond at $10,000, shocking Soto.

"Are you serious," she asked.

"I am serious. Adios," he replied.

Soto started to walk away when she flipped Rodriguez-Chomat her middle finger and blurted "[expletive] you."

She was called back again and Rodriguez-Chomat gave her a 30-day sentence for contempt of court.

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