18-year-old Penelope Soto has been given a 30 day jail term after she yelled “fuck you” and flipped the bird at Miami-Dade Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat when he doubled her bond because of her sarcastic “adios”.
Soto was arrested on possession of Xanax and made to appear before the Miami-Dade Circuit Judge. Throughout the proceeding, Soto smiled strangely and stroked her hair. In a discussion about her assets the Judge asked Soto how much her jewelry was worth which seemed to amuse the teenager who let out a loud laugh. Judge Rodriguez-Chomat warned her to take things “seriously” stating “It’s not a joke, you know, we’re not in a club now.”
Soto apologized and said she was serious, explaining that the Judge’s comment had just made her laugh. The Judge then asked Soto if she had taken any drugs in the last 24 hours, to which she replied “actually, no.”
He set her bond at $5,000 and said goodbye, however when she replied “adios” the Judge was annoyed and called her back and doubled her bond to $10,000. She questioned whether he was serious, before yelling “fuck you” and giving him the middle finger as she walked away.
Obviously Judge Rodriguez-Chomat wasn’t going to have any of that and called her back again, this time giving her a 30-day sentence for contempt of court!!
Soto’s neighbor said the girl’s attitude in court was completely out of character, he says the girl he knows is always polite and friendly.
So what do you think? Did she deserve what she got or was the Judge just a little bit too harsh with this cheeky teenager?
Source: NBC Miami