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Florida teen gets 30 days in jail for insult to Miami judge
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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.

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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 bið ful aræd (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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To: SMGFan

“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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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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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To: SMGFan

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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To: cripplecreek

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

I thought they were thieves?

/s


21 posted on 02/05/2013 5:00:26 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SMGFan

"Dude! Like, chill!"


22 posted on 02/05/2013 5:02:47 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: SMGFan
The judge asked about her assets, probing into how much her jewelry was worth

Ya ever seen the inside of a courthouse in today's America?

They have more cash registers than a super walmart..

Too bad we all don't have the power of government judges, who can throw a tantrum and put people in cages for a month at a time because some young kid flipped um off.

The judge must be a real petty punk, or someone the other kids picked on in school.

23 posted on 02/05/2013 5:07:00 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: driftdiver
I thought they were thieves?

Well I was the paint room foreman and almost my entire crew were convicts working out of halfway houses and one was a car thief.

The car thief worked late with me one night and I was giving him a ride back to the halfway house. The exit of the factory was across from a Ford Dealership and he noticed the keys hanging out of the door of a new pickup from better than 200 feet. LOL
24 posted on 02/05/2013 5:10:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: vet7279

I agree.

She obviously had never been taught to respect any authority. She will probably not be mouthing off quite as much once she is in jail for 30 days.


26 posted on 02/05/2013 5:11:29 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: TigersEye

People don’t respect a law so thick with offenses that everyone is guilty, so arbitrarily applied, and generally asinine. I’m sick of the whole lot.


27 posted on 02/05/2013 5:15:18 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

I will not even begin to argue that point due to other experience I have had.

28 posted on 02/05/2013 5:16:14 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: COBOL2Java

Does she do that for a living?


29 posted on 02/05/2013 5:16:42 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: SMGFan

My sympathies lie with the judge. There are a lot of stupid people out there who neither understand nor appreciate that they are in trouble, and the judge before them will determine how much trouble they are in.

A lot of them act like animals in front of the judge, playing with themselves, laughing, ignoring the judge and trying to converse with their friends in the gallery, throwing things, cursing, spitting, getting violent, threatening people, and the list just goes on and on.

It is no surprise that judges get very crusty about it.

So now this party girl will get 30 days, and when she comes back she had better be extra respectful or she will get another 30.


30 posted on 02/05/2013 5:18:45 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Uncle Miltie
I guess if you want to stage a protest about the state of our government in general when you're in front of a judge for drug possession you're free to do so. You shouldn't have any complaints about the consequences though. It definitely helps to be high as a kite when you do it too.

That little puta is a hero of the revolucion!

31 posted on 02/05/2013 5:22:39 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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The judge is a punk and the system is wasteful and corrupt.

What's new?

This will cost the tax payers tens of thousand for this stupid incident just so the judge can beat his chest and not look stupid during his tax paid lunch.

32 posted on 02/05/2013 5:26:00 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cripplecreek

Back when I was a teenager (telegraph was still the main form of e-comm) my old daddy was a Hale County Deputy Sheriff.

If I had been busted for something, my old daddy would have been standing right next to me there before the court, and he would have been on a personal level with that judge.

If I had even thought about extending my middle finger at that man behind the bench, I would have been spitting Chiclets darn fast.

Ahhhh, the good old days.


33 posted on 02/05/2013 5:33:11 PM PST by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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That’s right. It’s us sheetrockers are the drunks!

lol


34 posted on 02/05/2013 5:39:47 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

She was acting like a little snot, and had the opportunity to save herself. Instead, she decided to insult the judge’s intelligence during the part where she was disclosing her assets, then she stepped over the line by cussing out the judge. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


35 posted on 02/05/2013 5:44:40 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: SMGFan

Filthy little skank. She got off lucky, If she were back at duh club and she tried that some homie would have put a cap in her a$$


36 posted on 02/05/2013 5:46:59 PM PST by elder5
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To: US_MilitaryRules

To: US_MilitaryRules

In case you’re wondering, at least one of us got it.


37 posted on 02/05/2013 5:50:31 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: cripplecreek
I simply can't believe the posts on this thread. After your post, I have to read all the way down to #11 before someone else posts something sensible.

On FRee Republic.

This isn't a cop or some other LEO who's abusing his authority beating on a suspect or carrying out an illegal search. This is a judge presiding over a bail hearing where there's no need for confrontation. All she has to do is be polite for 15 seconds and she can't even manage it. The woman is showing contempt for the court; it's clearly criminal contempt, and that means contempt for the people of Florida.

38 posted on 02/05/2013 5:55:33 PM PST by FredZarguna (Use it as you will. I Could NOT care less.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m sure it’ll make the judge feel better about himself that he has the power to FORCE someone to apologize.


39 posted on 02/05/2013 6:20:45 PM PST by Terry Mross (Who long before America is no more?)
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To: cripplecreek
In this case the judge certainly didn’t do or say anything to earn the girl’s disrespect.

I don't know about that. The girl was originally fined $5,000, then the judge says "bye-bye" like the little condescending prick he is, and she responded "adios!" and walked away. At that point, he called her back and tacked on another $5,000. For what? For saying "adios"? That was what she was pissed off about. The judge seemed like an a-hole to me.
40 posted on 02/05/2013 6:35:27 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: FredZarguna
This is a judge presiding over a bail hearing where there's no need for confrontation. All she has to do is be polite for 15 seconds and she can't even manage it. The woman is showing contempt for the court; it's clearly criminal contempt, and that means contempt for the people of Florida.

I would agree that the act of flipping off a judge in court should get you some punishment, but, in this case, you'll have to explain to me first why he upped her bail after he dismissed her. All she said was "adios" in response to his condescending "bye-bye". If the judge wants to be treated as a professional, he should act professionally, and I don't care HOW unsavory the defendants are. Bitching, sarcasm, condescending dismissals, and arbitrary bail increases are not professional conduct.
41 posted on 02/05/2013 6:46:03 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
If somebody flipped off you or me, they wouldn't get jailtime.

Dumbest non-sequitur I've read all month, but it's still young...

42 posted on 02/05/2013 6:57:25 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: FredZarguna

Yeah that’s one of the friendliest judges I’ve seen and her behavior was uncalled for.

This is exactly why we’ll never have the glorious revolution that some here seem to fantasize about. Too many have zero respect for authority and aren’t even smart enough to fake it. Their little revolution is doomed by a million little generals who are worried about being disrespected.


43 posted on 02/05/2013 6:59:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

It is a matter of her lack of respect for our laws and the court, not about the judge.


44 posted on 02/05/2013 7:00:33 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Ya don’t have to respect everybody but ya gotta be smart enough to know when to fake it.


45 posted on 02/05/2013 7:09:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: fr_freak

Bad memories about your own court experiences? Good luck if you can’t see the problem with stupid behavior by stupid, arrogant people in court.


46 posted on 02/05/2013 7:15:19 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: SMGFan
Just a couple of quick thoughts here;

1. When in court, it is not meant to be a humorous affair. It is quite serious.

2. Keep your opinions to yourself, whether verbal or gesticulated. Court is not interested in them nor in your wasting time with them. You want to waste your or anyone else's time, go find a soapbox and an alley to stand on to express them freely and expound upon whatever tickles your fancy. Not in court -that is not what they are there for. Just as you are a fool if you make unflattering comments or gestures to the man you are renting a room from and subsequently get tossed out of his house on your big fat keister for it, no one has any sympathy for your idiotic actions and the consequences thereby if you do.

3. Get caught and wind up in court because of it; time to pay the piper. Man up. Disparaging comments or flipping the bird is not going to cut it. Quite a few of the locales I came to know over the years you would be lucky to get away with just losing a finger over such an action, and anyone witnessing your stupidity would just shake their heads in disgust at you and walk away. Just in case such stupidity was contagious.

47 posted on 02/05/2013 7:19:06 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: cripplecreek; FredZarguna
Y'know, guys.....we have seen much worse than this little girl's actions. Look at our government in general. For example, shouldn't we respect the decision of SC Judge Roberts that "obamacare" is Constitutional because it's a tax?

Yeah - bit of a red herring there, BUT many here on FR said much worse than this little twit concerning that ruling. The only difference was that it was in the court of public opinion and not in a courthouse.

As for respect, that is earned. I don't know the judge, but asking the defendant about her assets seems to be a bit overboard. Was he trying to take everything she owned to prove a point?

48 posted on 02/05/2013 7:28:04 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe it will do her some good, she isn’t a bad looking kid, doesn’t sound stupid. She could probably have a decent future if she wants to.


49 posted on 02/05/2013 7:29:07 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: cripplecreek
'Adios' to a hispanic judge???

Like a previous poster so eloquently stated: "play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

50 posted on 02/05/2013 7:45:53 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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