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Teen who flipped off judge apologizes

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Feb 08, 2013

MIAMI>> A Miami woman has apologized for flipping off a judge, who then dropped contempt charges and vacated her 30-day jail term.

Eighteen-year-old Penelope Soto admitted Friday she was under the influence of Xanax and alcohol when she made the obscene middle-finger gesture and rude comments earlier this week directed at Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat. Video of the confrontation quickly went viral.

Soto tearfully apologized to the judge, who said the episode should be a lesson in how to properly treat people. Rodriguez-Chomat said Soto would have been a convicted felon if he allowed the contempt charge to stand.

Her lawyer said Soto will complete a drug court program. That includes treatment for drug addiction and usually results in charges eventually being dropped for first-time offenders.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Using the alcohol and drug as an excuse just does not cut it to me. She should have been held to the additional time for the action.
on February 8,2013 | 10:02AM
olos73 wrote:
Agreed. When people find out they'll be punished for what they did, "I'm sorry" comes real fast. Let them be punished for what they did, not let them get off easy after their "apology."
on February 8,2013 | 10:11AM
hanalei395 wrote:
She is really punished...she's on youtube. She'll be SHAMED for a long time.
on February 8,2013 | 11:07AM
allie wrote:
she looks local
on February 8,2013 | 12:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Local to Miami.
on February 8,2013 | 12:36PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
actually ALL-LIE with the bugus doo, she looks like from your neck of the woods and give her behavior, she's almost as dumb as you are.
on February 8,2013 | 02:53PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
sad part about the episode is that this girl is going to end up like ALL-LIE...a career as a pizza shop cashier, making up stories about being a college student, having a high IQ, knowing this or that, etc., etc., etc. Just being a common dolt.
on February 8,2013 | 02:58PM
honopic wrote:
on February 8,2013 | 07:30PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
hono - Thinking requires a fully functioning brain, which is something ALL-LIE is not in possession of.
on February 8,2013 | 07:53PM
mrluke wrote:
You can flip off anyone else in a position of authority and get away with it. Just don't even dare do it to a judge! They can make their own rules and administer immediate punishment.
on February 8,2013 | 10:42AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Boy, I wish our judges were as tough as Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat. No nonsense.
on February 8,2013 | 01:02PM
serious wrote:
He should have kept his word--30 days, that is a lesson not a verbal, scripted, I'm sorry!!
on February 8,2013 | 02:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
on February 8,2013 | 02:43PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Public - they are...Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat suspended the contempt judgement just as one of our judges would.
on February 8,2013 | 06:53PM
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