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Bird-flipping drug suspect back in court in a subdued mood

By The Miami Herald (MCT)

LAST UPDATED: 01:49 a.m. HST, Feb 07, 2013

MIAMI >> A teen who flipped the bird at a Miami-Dade judge after laughing her way through a court hearing was back in the halls of justice Thursday in a quieter, somber mood.

A day earlier, 18-year-old Penelope Soto appeared animated and agitated as she ticked off a judge during a bond hearing. After telling the judge " adios," shooting the bird and saying the f-word, Soto found herself in contempt of court and sentenced to 30 days in the slammer.

Soto appeared in drug court today, where a different judge, Jeffrey Rosinek, told her she would be released once she served the contempt sentence and that her case would be dismissed with the completion of a drug program.

She answered questions softly, with no mouth-off moments.

Soto had been charged with 26 counts of Xanax possession. It was her first criminal offense.

Appearing earlier this week in front of Circuit Court Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, she acted as if her bond hearing were a big joke.

You just made me laugh, Soto told the judge after he asked how much her jewelry was worth.

Her bond, set at $5,000, then was raised to $10,000 after she laughed and said, " Adios" to the judge.

"Are you serious?" she asked, mouth open, eyes wide.

As she walked away, she flipped the bird and used the f-word.

Rodriguez-Chomat, who had heard enough, called her back to the stand, then sentenced her to 30 days in the county jail.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Dear teacher, my dog ate my homework and I was not able to come to school because I pisssswed off the judge.
on February 7,2013 | 06:05AM
ricekidd wrote:
The girl is wrong no question, but the Judge could been cooler. Give Power to People like that all you get is power tripping tyrannt.
on February 7,2013 | 07:02AM
mamacita808 wrote:
Are you kidding me? That girl represents everything that is wrong with the younger generation. The total lack of respect on her part is unbelievable. She deserved her sentence and more.
on February 7,2013 | 07:26AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You obviously have no concept of what the Court is. Like most kids today, you probably slept through High School and got passed so as not to damage you psychologically and emotionally.
on February 7,2013 | 07:36AM
SueH wrote:
Judges aren't judges because they are "cool". They are sworn to uphold the law and deliver justice. You should have stopped when you said "The girl is wrong no question"....that's the only part you got right. Maybe someday you'll have your time in court in front of a judge,too and your only hope will be that he's "cool"? How pathetic.
on February 7,2013 | 08:31AM
sak wrote:
What is wrong with saying "Adios"?
on February 7,2013 | 07:27AM
Eradication wrote:
Watch the video. It's not what she said but how she said it, intending obviously to insult the judges ethnicity. He, the judge, like every other normal person understood that and reacted appropriately. There was a complete lack of respect towards the judge. Unfortunately, her parents generation raised these little monsters and gave them the belief that they are somehow beyond reproach. 30 days plus community service should be automatic in this case. The good news is that there are many young people who will become good citizens inspite of their upbringing. We just hear and see the bad ones. When was the last time we read an article about a young person who has done something good for their community? Believe me, they are out there.
on February 7,2013 | 08:36AM
honopic wrote:
It wasn't the "adios." It was the finger and the F-bomb. That combination will get anyone in trouble anywhere, anytime. 30 days of chill time might cure Soto of the habit of dissing authority in their house. Gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. She'll learn, one way or another.
on February 7,2013 | 05:53PM
nitpikker wrote:
sad thing is todays parents are teaching their kids to behave like this. thats why america is the way it is today.
on February 7,2013 | 07:39AM
stogie002 wrote:
Now THAT IS hilarious. Guess she learned her lesson the hard way....
on February 7,2013 | 07:43AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Bird-flipping drug suspect back in court in a subdued mood. 30 days and 10K will do that to anyone.
on February 7,2013 | 02:05PM
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