If you give a judge ‘the finger,’ count on going to jail

This young “club girl’ was arrested for possession of Xanax. It was her first criminal offense, and she thought the whole thing was a big joke. But the judge didn’t find the situation quite as funny as she did.

From the Miami Herald:

A woman facing a drug possession charge was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday for giving the finger to a Miami-Dade judge, NBC6 is reporting.

Penelope Soto, 18, had been arrested for possession of Xanax and was brought before Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat Monday, where she was asked about her assets during a video court hearing, the station said.

During an exchange the judge felt was disrespectful, Soto flipped Rodriguez-Chomat her middle finger and blurted out: “[expletive] you” as she walked away from the camera.


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8 thoughts on “If you give a judge ‘the finger,’ count on going to jail

  1. Penelope Soto, 18… still a child……………… 21 is legal age… why at 18 are our children alone.

  2. Linda Galli says:

    good for the Judge! Someone failed teaching this "child" manners and respect. 18 is legal age to vote, to go into the military, to purchase property and to seek their own council. Perhaps she should have hired an attorney who could have told her to keep her mouth shut and her hands from making rude gestures. Next time she is arrested she will know better!

  3. Marc says:

    Arrested because of the war on plants. What a waste of our taxpayer dollars.

  4. Marc says:

    Wow, an emotional reaction first on the part of the judge followed by the defendant. He was a jerk to her and treated the situation like a joke before she did. Considering this is how "justice" is dispensed all over this country it is no surprise why our civilization is falling apart.

  5. Bob says:

    I once asked our local Sheriff here in a small county in Michigan why he has 20 to 30 policemen in the jail at night when before only 2 or 3 handled the job. One for the radio, one to receive incoming and one as a back up. He told me that during the decades of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's there was still a respect for the uniform – whether it be a simple drunk or a hardened criminal. "Times have changed" he said. He told me currently a young kid with a simple traffic violation would spit at an officer and dare him to do something about it. Disrespect for the law shows how far we as a society have we have fallen. I feel bad for this young lady. I own a manufacturing company. I am well aware that the quality of our products has to come from top management. The same can be said for the leaders of our country. If they can't instill decency and optimism in it citizenry then they have failed at their job. May God bless America. We need it.

  6. Greg says:

    When police and government treat citizens with disrespect, they get what they give. This girl had no idea why she was being asked about her jewelery or it's value. The judge coud have easily told her it was to determine if she could afford to pay for an attorney ($1,000's). Legal defense costs feed the legal appetite for more laws to make more violaters who have to pay more attorneys that become judges. Maybe they, the legal system, should be more afraid of the people? Instead they are more oppressive causing the oppressed to strike out at them.

  7. Rifraffe says:

    This sweet young thing is going to get a lot more than just 30 days. Young men have a lot to worry about when they get thrown in with the "men", we all know that. What most of us don't realize is what happens to girls like this who have no business being in jail with the types that will be squabbling over her favors. These thirty days will teach her a lesson she will never forget. Hopefully she will repent and scare her friends straight when she gets out. It's a real shame.

  8. Bonnie says:

    War on plants? Xanax isn't weed! What plant does Xanax come from? I suppose you think opium should be available, too, because it's derived from poppies?

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