Florida Judge Sentences Teenager 30 Days For Bizarre Behavior, Obscene Gesture

Category: Society / Feb 07, 2013 3:05PM EDT
A Florida judge sent a teenager to the county jail for 30 days after she gave him an obscene gesture. Bond video released by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida showed 18-year-old Penelope Soto, who was charged with drug possession, standing before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday (February 4). When asked when she had any property, she said she had "a lot of jewelry all right," and shortly began laughing in court. "It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," the judge said. The judge later asked her if she had used drugs in the last 24 hours. She replied, "Actually, no." He set her bond at $5,000 (USD), before saying, "Bye, bye." Her reply of "Adios," apparently upset the judge, who called her back to appear before him again. "Count one will be 10,000," he announced, as he raised her bond from $5,000 to ten. As Soto walked away, she used profane language and raised her middle finger at the judge. "Come back again. Come back again. Bring her back again," the judge ordered. "What's up?" she said. "I believe I heard you saying..." he said. "Yes I did," she said. "Oh you did say that? I find you in direct criminal contempt. 30 days in the county jail," he declared. Soto's reply: "Okay, that's fine." (Video Source: Reuters)