• Miami woman jailed after flipping off judge


    MIAMI - A Miami woman was jailed on contempt charges after flipping off a judge during a drug possession hearing.
    A Miami television station reported 18-year-old Penelope Soto laughed Monday when Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat asked how much her jewelry was worth as he inquired about her financial assets.
    The judge told Soto "we're not in a club, be serious about it." Soto said she was being serious.
    He set Soto's bond at $5,000 and said, "bye-bye." Soto laughed again and replied, "Adios." He summoned her back to the podium and reset bond at $10,000.

    Soto asked, "Are you serious?" The judge replied, "I am serious. Adios."

    Soto flipped him off and blurted an expletive as she walked away.

    The judge then called Soto back.

    Judge: "Did you say (expletive) me?"

    Soto: "Actually..."

    Judge: "Did you say that?"

    Soto: "Yes sir, I did."

    Judge: "Oh, you did say that? I find you in direct criminal contempt. Thirty days in the county jail."

    The judge asked Soto whether she was on drugs, to which she replied, "no."

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