Woman gets 30 days in jail for giving the finger to judge

18-year-old laughed when a judge asked her how much her jewelry was worth.
Feb 6, 2013


A woman facing a drug possession charge was sentenced to 30 days in jail for flipping the bird to a Miami-Dade judge.

Penelope Soto, 18, appeared in court on video after her arrest for possession of Xanax. In front of Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday, she was asked about her assets.

Soto appeared as if the hearing was a big joke and laughed off the judge’s questions, blurted out “Adios” and then gave him the finger.

The judge, feeling disrespected, demanded she return to the podium and then sentenced her to 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

The hearing began when Soto, sporting an orange jail jumpsuit, laughed when she was asked how much her jewelry was worth.

“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 reference to the rapper who made news last week when his car was fired at in Fort Lauderdale, asked Soto if she had taken drugs in the past 24 hours.

“Actually, no,” she replied.

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

Rodriguez-Chomat called her back and upped her bond to $10,000.

“Are you serious?” she asked.

“I am serious. Adios,” he replied.

When she walked away, she flipped the bird and told him to “f---‘’ himself. She was summoned back again and sentenced.


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It's a Jeep thing

We need a judge like this in Huron county...


I agree!

jack langhals

That wiped the smile off her face!Good one !


She thought we have freedom of speach in this country LOL


We do. I just saw your comment.



In Huron County, she'd have been put on a 'program'


There is a second video for the same girl before a another Judge. She got the bond knocked back down $5000.00 and put on a program. There was nothing he could do about the 30 days only the Judge that gave it to her can take it away.


It's not her fault. She has been raised by a society in which feels children are merely expressing themselves.. just a teenage thing.. WOW.. and when i say MY KIDS will express how i say they will or get a boot up there??? I am ridiculed. so my first statement must be true.


I agree and there are many more out there.

Kottage Kat

Your boys are such sweetiez and so nice.
Handsome make me wish I was 40 years younger. They are going to fight off the women.


yeah but they still will listen and learn right from wrong. a lil' devilish maybe, but not bad if i can help it


that is so good to see a judge actually do something to shut the mouth of a smart mouthed bratty teenager who thinks she can get away with anything she wants, this just made my day when i read this, we really need a judge like this in huron county


Need to put her little a$$ in green circle and stick that finger where it belongs. In the soil planting a seed!