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Woman Who Flipped Off Judge Gets $5,000 Bond on Drug Charge

Penelope Soto's first court appearance ended with 30-day sentence



    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013)

    The woman who was slammed with a 30-day sentence after she flipped the bird at a Miami-Dade judge earlier this week was back in court Wednesday.

    Penelope Soto, 18, appeared more composed at the Wednesday hearing, which was related to her arrest for possession of Xanax.

    Soto didn't laugh or smile during the appearance before Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, who had to ask her several times to repeat herself because she was so quiet.

    VIDEO: Penelope Soto Returns to Court

    Rosinek set her bond at $5,000, but she'll still have to serve the 30-day sentence.

    Soto, who told Rosinek she lives with her mother, will have her case thrown out if she completes a drug program, the judge ruled.

    Soto's appearance in court on Monday made national news after her profane encounter with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat earned her a month behind bars.

    Penelope Soto Returns to Court

    [MI] Penelope Soto Returns to Court
    Penelope Soto, the woman who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for giving a Miami-Dade judge the middle finger, returns to court.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013)

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    Things got off to a bad start when Soto, who was sporting orange jail clothes and smiled and stroked her hair through the proceeding, laughed when she was asked a question about her jewelry and other assets for posting bond.

    "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."

    See Woman Give Judge the Middle Finger

    [MI] 30 Days in Jail for Woman Who Gave Judge the Middle Finger
    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.
    (Published Friday, Feb. 21, 2014)

    "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."

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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.

    The only judge who can drop the contempt sentence is Rodriguez-Chomat.

    A Twitter account, @FreePenelope, featuring a photo of Soto, had been created late Tuesday to support the teen, as well as a Facebook fan page.

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