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Florida teen gets 30 days in jail for insult to Miami judge
New York Daily News ^

Posted on 02/05/2013 4:25:35 PM PST by SMGFan

A cranky Florida teenager, upset over getting arrested for drug possession, lashed out at a Miami judge during her bond hearing Monday, flipping him the bird and earning a 30-day sentence for contempt in the process. Penelope Soto, who had been arrested for having Xanax and was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, was brought before Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday. The stern jurist asked the 18-year-old Soto, who was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, about her assets, probing into how much her jewelry was worth, according to NBCMiami.com. Soto, who had been laughing and smiling through the hearing, chuckled at the question.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/insult-judge-earns-fla-teen-30-days-jail-article-1.1256106#ixzz2K4cqvbfO

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: disrespectful; smartaleck
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Throw mom & dad in jail too. /s
1 posted on 02/05/2013 4:25:40 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

She earned it. If you ask me the judge was surprisingly good tempered with her.


2 posted on 02/05/2013 4:28:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan
If somebody flipped off you or me, they wouldn't get jailtime.

These judges that slap on extra time because somebody dared to disrespect their authority(!) look nothing but petty and small. He'd look like a much bigger man if he simply shrugged it off.

Obviously this girl is a piece of work, but judges aren't special or above the average citizen (although most of them seemingly think they are). They shouldn't be allowed such discretion in things such as things.

3 posted on 02/05/2013 4:29:47 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: SMGFan

Saw the video on FNC earlier and I could not understand the judge! He sounded like an East European!


4 posted on 02/05/2013 4:31:22 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SMGFan

I don’t disagree with the judge but it’s been a long time since the judiciary in this country deserved any respect.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 4:32:48 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SMGFan

Governments of all branches and levels are earning less and less of my respect anymore. I know of a few police departments that are thugs, crooks, and tax collectors. Legislators are almost all socialists. The executive branches (save some Republican govenors) are corrupt favor factories.

Sigh......

I used to be mildly optimistic about American governance.


6 posted on 02/05/2013 4:32:56 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: SMGFan

Governments of all branches and levels are earning less and less of my respect anymore. I know of a few police departments that are thugs, crooks, and tax collectors. Legislators are almost all socialists. The executive branches (save some Republican govenors) are corrupt favor factories.

Sigh......

I used to be mildly optimistic about American governance.


7 posted on 02/05/2013 4:33:38 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: muir_redwoods

In this case the judge certainly didn’t do or say anything to earn the girl’s disrespect.

I once had a judge ask me what I did for a living. When I told her I worked as a painter in a factory she told me that all painters are drunks.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 4:36:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Saw the video on FNC earlier and I could not understand the judge! He sounded like an East European!

Rodriguez-Chomat began his career in 1971 as an internal revenue agent. He then served as a Certified Public Accountant in 1976. He also ran his own law practice, Law Offices of Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat & Associates, P.A. In 1994, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served District 114 as a Republican from 1995 to 1999. He joined the Circuit Court in 2011

9 posted on 02/05/2013 4:42:43 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....I want a bailout!!!)
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To: cripplecreek
When I told her I worked as a painter in a factory she told me that all painters are drunks.

No, not all of them. However, MANY house painters do have problems with alcohol. I've seen it first hand. It is not painting houses that causes that, but the difficulty in finding good house painters that allows those with alcohol problems to still get jobs painting houses.

10 posted on 02/05/2013 4:46:52 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SMGFan

Well, it is time the adults took control and insisted on some self control. It is about respecting the institution, not necessarily the judge personally. I would have given her more time just for being an a$$....


11 posted on 02/05/2013 4:49:01 PM PST by vet7279
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“Soto, who was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, about her assets,”

TTIWWP!


12 posted on 02/05/2013 4:49:40 PM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: muir_redwoods
I don’t disagree with the judge but it’s been a long time since the judiciary in this country deserved any respect.

There ya go!

13 posted on 02/05/2013 4:49:57 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: cripplecreek

“When I told her I worked as a painter in a factory she told me that all painters are drunks.”

I knew one that wasn’t a drunk. He just drank a lot.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 4:50:39 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: cripplecreek

Should have been a mistrial right then and there


15 posted on 02/05/2013 4:51:47 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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No, not all of them. However, MANY house painters do have problems with alcohol. I've seen it first hand. It is not painting houses that causes that, but the difficulty in finding good house painters that allows those with alcohol problems to still get jobs painting houses.

And it wasn't up to the judge to make that judgement in a case that had absolutely nothing to do with alcohol. She was just being an arrogant bitch.
16 posted on 02/05/2013 4:54:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: muir_redwoods
Should have been a mistrial right then and there

LOL An attorney stopped me in the hallway and suggested that and more but it just wasn't worth it.
17 posted on 02/05/2013 4:56:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
She was insulting the court - i.e. the people of the State of Florida - and not one judge.

There needs to be order in the court for it function. She got less than what she deserved. Repulsive little junkie.

18 posted on 02/05/2013 4:58:01 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
...judges aren't special...

Our courts are supposed to be. But no one has any respect for the law anymore.

19 posted on 02/05/2013 4:59:51 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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I was in court years ago in L.A. when a young kid, about 16, was up in front of the judge for driving his mom’s boyfriend’s car without a license. This constituted multiple offenses.

The judge asked him “How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?”

The kid, to his credit, had in the meanwhile gone out and gotten his license. He wanted to show the license to the Judge, and began mumbling, thrusting his hand forward.

The Judge, obviously clueing into what the kid was trying to do, said sternly “Guilty or not guilty?”

After about three times the kid reluctantly pleaded guilty.

The Judge then said, in an equally stern voice, “What’s that in your hand?” The kid immediately brightened up and said “Oh, I got my license!”.

After the Judge inspected it, and found it good, he fined the kid $11.00. He then asked the kid if he had it. The kid didn’t have it. So, in round two, the Judge said “Well, I have a nice warm jail”. The kid said “I can get it”, whereupon the Judge released him and gave him ‘till 4:00 p.m. to get the money to the clerk.

It was obvious that the Judge was impressed by the fact that the kid had gotten his license in the meantime, and cut him a whole lot of slack as a result. It was equally obvious that he wanted the kid to sweat a bit, so as to realize that this wasn’t nursery school.

Some people catch on, and some don’t.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 5:00:05 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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