Teen Gives Judge The Finger, Sentenced To Jail

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An out-of-control teen has recently learned that life is not like an episode of “Maury”; when you act out, you don’t just get sent to an angry ex-Marine for tough love. You get fines, jail time, and internet immortality.

Penelope Soto learned the hard way that when you talk back to a judge, things go quickly downhill. After being arrested for drug possession in Miami, Soto appeared before Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat only to giggle, play with her hair, and roll her eyes at him. It may have been an attempt to disarm the judge with girly cuteness, but it failed miserably. After an initial bond set at $5,000, Soto gave a catty, “Adios” and walked away…only to be called back and have her bond upped to $10,000 for her contempt. Astounded, Soto asked if he was serious, and when he replied he was, she gave him an angry bird and told him to f*ck himself.

The punishment for her attitude? 30 days in jail.

Teen Gives Judge The Finger, Sentenced To Jail
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  • paul

    Now, send Lindsey Lohan to see this judge

  • Sarah

    Thanks you your honor.You need to have A regular Judge club ,Someone need to start having respect for other . keep up the good work .Love to see more of this

    • jane jones

      u know u r ignorant beyond any thing imaginable. this ole dress wearing gay boy ups this girls bail. then calls her back 2 times is no good. his mexicoon ass should b deported after serving a 10 year sentence in the federal pen. in atlanta ga. we need to make all police, prosecutors, judges, bail-bondsmen, & state & fed. legislators spend 7 yrs. flat time before they start their careers.

  • http://googlechrome avery bond

    way to go judge should give her 90 days

  • Jason

    If she was really innocent in the first place, she never would have to try to defend herself so much and flip the bird. This is a good example that our politicians have demonstrated to the youth of today that they can get away with doing just about everything… I’m glad this judge showed some guts to put this criminal, who thought she was invincible to everything, straight to jail where she belongs. Good still overrules bad in this crazy country we live in even though it doesn’t seem like it.

  • KimI

    I’m almost 25 and I totally agree with what this judge had done. That girl was outright rude to the judge. But he does look like Santa Claus; hmm maybe she won’t get nothing for Christmas 2013? LOL. Teach her a lesson and now let’s send the Lohan’s to this judge!

  • shegundala

    Ben, you’re almost as big of an idiot as she is.

    • Tom

      He just explained why he laughed than said the judge did the right thing. How is he an idiot? I think your just an ass

      • Sarad

        I agree Ton. People have nervous tics. I do giggle or laugh if I am insanely nervous(and having been before a judge, to testify as a character witness) that is stressful and involentary reactions aren’t exactly something you can’t control. Instead of running your mouth trying actually thinking about what that kind of situation is like, how that person feels. In this case with the girl. She *DID* deserve it. She was out of line. I bet she won’t do that again.

  • Ben

    I had a similar situation happen to me. I laugh when I get nervous and the judge read that the wrong way and sentenced me to 21 days in juvenile detention. This girl, however, probably deserved what was coming her way. At least TRY and show some respect in HIS courtroom.

    • jane jones

      u probably deserved what u got because u think & know that u r a criminal this girl probably didn’t know that this old mexicoon gay boy fond of wearing women’s black dresses to sit on a bench & hassle people, would sentence her to jail & excessive bail for the most minute reasons.
      we need to get our posse together & go find this old fart & run his beaner ass out of our country.

      • Bryn

        This man is an american born citizen. She was there on a DRUG charge. She deserved what she got for being disrespectiful and for partaking in illegal DRUGS. And if you ask me, people that use predjuiced terms like “mexicoon gay boy” should be the ones to get run out of this country before their hateful ignorence spreds and they make all Americans look like bigoted idoits.

      • freddie

        jane jones,

        I didn’t know monkeys could type.. good for you!

  • jane jones

    this old mexicoon in the black dress should b deported to his home country. we have too many old gays & homos trying & tearing our system of justice apart for trivial crimes that they them-selelves have done in the past.
    i believe that all judges, prosecutors, & police should b required to do 10 years flat time in the state pen, & if u r federal , it would b 15 years flat time in the fed. pens of Leavenworth, atlanta, or marion il.

    • freddie

      You’re what they call, a simpleton.

    • Debby

      Since this judge and the defendant are in Florida my guess is that he (and she?) are from Cuba or possibly Puerto Rico. The defendant clearly is at fault and should be lucky that the judge didn’t lock her up indefinitely! Jane, it sounds as if you have had negative experience with the law and, somehow, that doesn’t surprise me.

  • rick p

    what the hell is wrong with you people? this is first amendment shit clearly, being sentenced to jail for showing your displeasure I hope he gets debenched, you’re not above everyone else, even if she was disrespectful show some fucking class judge.

  • aa

    most people don’t know it but when you elect a judge, you give that judge the taxpayers blank checkbook in the form of a jail. a jail which cost the taxpayers $150 dollars per day per inmate. when they set bail too high and inmate can’t post the bail – its costs the taxpayers tons of money. when judges give jail sentences of 30 days for bird flipping he just cost the taxpayer $4,500. this judge obviously doesn’t give a crap about the taxpayer, or justice for that matter. in florida you have the right at hearings to speak. this judge violated the first amendment, violated this teen, and vilated the taxpayer. this judge needs to be sanctioned, fined, disbarred, and fired. take the blank checks away from all judges and hold them accountable to the taxpayer. ps – the moron defense lawyers will do nothing about this as they have to see their buddy the judge every week in other court cases. yo lawyers – where is the outrage? yo taxpayers – where is the outrage?

    • freddie

      You need to be put in a home for the mentally unstable. The girl should have gotten 90 days in jail!

      • Moonbeam1776jr

        You must have unlimited funds in your checkbook, so the state should give you the bill for her jail costs!

  • Jason

    Some of these comments are ignorant. Attacking the judge by calling him a homo and attacking his race, really? So fucking sad. She got what was coming to her, she should have kept her mouth closed. Anyone who thinks differently either has a Xanax drug addiction or is simply ignorant. Have a good day! Adios!

  • Win Adams

    Stupid little twit got exactly what she deserved. It’s obvious that she has no respect for the Court system and feels that she can do anything she wants and get away with it. Her behaviour constitutes contempt of court and my local judge would most likely have given her 90 days. This is exactly what happens when you raise kids and do not teach them respect.

    • Farrah

      My sentiments exactly. It’s sad when kids aren’t taught to respect authority. She shoud be ashamed of herself!!!

  • Chris Baz

    i love how many of you are so against the girl. America is a free country, isnt it? This judge must be totally insecure to throw someone in jail for fliping the bird at him. 1st amendment! People gotta stop being obedient sheep, and start standing up to the greedy corrupt system we live in. People shouldnt be afraid of our government. GOvernment should be afraid of their people. This girl is a HERO.

    • freddie

      What are you, some kind of liberal moron?

    • fakeyouare

      what is wrong with society today; People who think like you do. pride rules their every thought, it is and always will continue to be all about you.killers think like that, rapists think like that, and total degenerates. you have to ponder where you might slide to with your total lack of grace and respect for authority.

    • debwarnsholz

      you are so ignorant! that is exactly the attitude that got our society into the mess it is! lack of regard and respect for authority! grow up

    • joe

      This is a typical liberal response, some idiot like this girl has to kill somebody before its an issue. Judges have to get a lot tougher on these moronistic so called girls. i.e., Lindsey


    • James

      It isn’t free for people that break the law, you moron! She is a hero for possessing illegal drugs?

    • Jimm

      We need to respect our judges, they are not the government! I see people all the time with those Piss on La migra stickers in their windows, that’s why this country is going to hell in a handbasket, because of people like you who condone these types of behaviour. the first amendment means we have a right to speak freely yes! However when you are caught with drugs and brought to a courtroom in front of a magistrate it means you screwed up, so shut up and take your punishment dumb ass!!!!

      • Moonbeam1776jr


  • liz law

    HER behaviour is beyond comprehension!!!!!!!!! She obviously has no respect for HERSELF even, acting so horribly. If she would display such behaviour in a court, what in the world would she do outside of court?? She’s a risk to society as obviously, has anger issues. She needs HELP!!!

    • Colt

      Oh yeah, cause flipping someone off really shows how dangerous you are. I guess that’s what every inmate who’s in jail now did to be put there was to flip someone off? Right..

      • SFS

        Colt… You obviously were not taught to RESPECT your elders. Yes you can have your own opinion on a subject and yes you can stand up for yourself but she only made herself look like a baby throwing a temper tantrum. It showed she has no self restraint. There is a time and a place for such behaviour and in a court of law is not the place. I commend the judge in this matter. The fact that you commend her makes me worry about your future and the future of our society.

  • Colt

    Respect for herself??? LOL’S! she’s just expressing her feelings, not shooting up a theater or a school. Jesus Christ, people take things way too seriously. She’s my hero!


    • peter

      Youre an idiot.

    • Gordon Oliver

      There are proper venues for expressing yourself. In a courtroom you should conduct yourself in a respectful manner. She is a prime example of the lack of respect the youth of today have for the law. Personally I would have given her 3 months. And if I was her father…she would be grounded until she collected social security!

    • Dani3ll3

      Ok Colt let’s stick your stupid ass in the pen with her.

  • eddie hansen

    Hey Colt – Up yours! Learn some respect for people in general. If she is your hero then you are definitely the biggest loser in this world – BITE ME!

  • Regina Morris

    He’s got my vote!

    • KATHY

      Mine too!!!!


    only 30 days?? she should of gotton that just for the Drugs.Shw got off easy

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  • lee

    Did you listen to the tape. She was giggling maybe she was nervous, but she was inappropriate. But when the judge upped her bond, he was out of control. She only said adios. What was wrong with that it was not in a disrespectful manner. Then the judge reacted inappropriately and then when someone responds inappropriately he gets more inappropriate. She still is facing drug possession charges. Now because she is in jail for 30 days she will probably lose her job. Then her place to stay, she has to have money but with no job what can she do? She is young and she made a mistake, but the judge is not young.

    • Nicole

      Oh, well, she just learned there a consequence for actions. Hate to go to extremes, but here’s an example. “Hi, I’m the AIDS virus. Oh, Jane, I know you had unprotected sex just this one time with this guy you JUST met. I know what you did was not smart, but I won’t infect you this time because you’re a first-timer.” Be for real. When you act stupid, expect to get what you deserve.

  • Familiar Thoughts

    Good for her!

    Recently a judge stated that such an action is an opinion and to detour a person from communicating their dislike with verbal and or body language is protected under the freedom of speech. The man was not physically hurt nor was there an immediate danger to anyone within the court room. The judges authority was still in tact, it was his personal ego that was left on the floor. If our investment company was stronger I would pay for her release and place a civil lawsuit against the state (the judge represents the state) and seeing how judges are protected while doing their job I would seek an injunction against him to have all cases reviewed for his over reach in this case which is also called cruel and unusual punishment (8th amendment)and is illegal!

    Fight on with the knowledge that there is something for you in this world! Fight with knowledge, love, compassion, and self. Greed and hate have already been tried and look where that got us! Peace onto you all -Familiar Thoughts (Find me on YouTube and answers.yahoo)

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    • Moonbeam1776


      Finally, someone with some intelligence and who knows what they are talking about!!!


      Sheeple, don’t give up your God-given rights to the elites! Fight for your 1st Amendment rights!

      Just because some bozo in a black robe sitting behind a bench says something, doesn’t mean that it is right or correct.

  • Fly

    Ok this girl was flippy and needs to learn some etiquette. However, this girl only said goodbye/farewell in her native language. I was un clear if the bond or punishment was doubled as he said charge one. The crime was a petty crime. She had a single xanax. I understand this is often abused. However when not abused and proscribed its used to treat “anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression” and this person seems like she probably needs them. She had no priors either.
    So with saying Adios (which is goodbye), the Judge took this as an insult and punished her future for it, egging her on. I’m sure the Judge had a good idea what was going to happen, I’m sure this isn’t his first rodeo.
    This girls obviously has not money forking for $200 a week. So I highly doubt she has medical coverage either. You can clearly see she’s nervous. People express this in different ways. And yes by watching the full video on YouTube, it makes more sense. Maybe the Judge was tiring to send her a message due to his lack of understanding, after all he didn’t even know what xanax was, so how can he possibly judge? He probably seen some ditsy girl abusing drugs that was disrespectful because I’m sure he sees allot of it and wanted to make an statement.
    She shouldn’t have flipped the Judge off, but obviously her anger and frustration got to her. It didn’t sound like she was being properly represented by a public defender either watching the full version.
    Hopeful some lawyer will check into this and give her proper representation. I’m sure one probably will and will have a field day with the Judges over reaction.
    Maybe I am wrong here, but that’s my observation.

    • Fly

      You can even here the audience gasp when the Judge raises it to 10000 in disbeleif.

    • Peyton Barclay

      Yep, I think you are wrong here…

      It’s pretty universally understood that you give a judge and the court the utmost in respect. Disrespect IS NOT TOLERATED! That’s why they have a “Contempt of Court” charge. This young lady was obviously showing her contempt, and the judge called her on it…twice.

      The girl’s income is irrelevant. The attitude and remorse shown by the accused/convicted definitely comes into play when determining bail and sentencing.

      The girl needed a good, hard dose of reality to slap her in the face. I’m glad the judge gave it to her.


    I LOVE IT!!! That arrogant chick needs to be taught a lesson. Off to jail you go!! ;)

  • Libertarian

    This is crap. It’s directly opposite of the 1st Amendment. Money grabbing fascist statists at their best.

    • jON

      OMG THE CORPORATIONS! haha you stupid hippy get real

  • Masitomarc

    Quite simply…the judge MUST establish a point by which order and respect must be followed, otherwise his court becomes chaos just like the street from which the defendants came.
    Kudos to the judge for adhearing to the promise in which his profession demands…to be the final say referee for our laws and continue respect and order.
    This person would have been in the brig longer than 30 days had this happened in the armed forces…it’s about respect!

    • Moonbeam1776

      Civil Law and the UCMJ are like comparing apples to oranges. They are both fruits but otherwise not the same.

      In the military, one can be charged and tried twice for the same offense, but it is not double-jeopardy. This is because a military member is subject not just to civil law, but to military law.

      The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the backbone of military law.

      For example, under the UCMJ, it is a chargeable offense to be disrespectful to higher authority.

      Article 89—Disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer:
      “Any person subject to this chapter who behaves with disrespect toward his superior commissioned officer shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

      Article 91—Insubordinate conduct toward warrant officer, NCO, or PO:
      “Any warrant officer or enlisted member who—

      (1) strikes or assaults a warrant officer, non-commissioned officer, or petty officer, while that officer is in the execution of his office;

      (2) willfully disobeys the lawful order of a warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, or petty officer; or

      (3) treats with contempt or is disrespectful in language or deportment toward a warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, or petty officer while that officer is in the execution of his office; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

      As you can see, under military law, disrespectful behavior is a chargeable offense.

      In civil law, there is no such thing as “Disrespectful” behavior, nor are there any remedies in law. ‘Disrespectful’ behavior is completely subject to one’s perspective.

      Accordingly, as long as one’s behavior does not endanger others safety and well being, then it is protected under the 1st Amendment.

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