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Friday, February 08, 2013

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Abuses His Power & Is The Real Contempt Of Court

A teenager in Florida has been jailed for swearing and sticking her middle finger up at a judge 

who doubled her bail during sentencing.

Penelope Soto, 18, was appearing in court after being arrested for illegal possession of the 

prescription drug Xanax.

During the hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat was asking about 

Soto's assets in order to decide on a penalty.

After Soto told the judge she was earning about $200 (£128) a week, she said her assets 

included her car and "a lot" of jewellery.

When Rodriguez-Chomat asked how much her jewellery was worth, Soto began laughing, to 

which the judge responded "It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now. We are not in a 

club, be serious about it."

Soto who can see must still be under the influence of something,

 was constantly smirking and playing with her hair through the proceedings, 

apologised for laughing and added: "You just made me laugh. It's worth a lot of money." 

When the judge asked how much is a lot, she responded: "Like Rick Ross. It's worth money".

Failing to understand the reference to the American rapper, Rodriguez-Chomat asked if Soto 

had taken any drugs in the last 24 hours. After again laughing at the question, Soto replied 

"actually, no".

As the judge was preparing to set her bond at $5,000, Soto then sarcastically said "adios" as 

she left. After being summoned back to appear in front of him, Rodriguez-Chomat then upped 

the bond to $10,000.

Visibly shocked by the decision, Soto asked "are you serious" before saying "f**k you" and 

giving him the finger as she walked from court.

Rodriguez-Chomat then called the defendant back again, charged her with contempt of court 

and sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

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