MIAMI, Florida (CBSMiami) - The South Florida teen who was jailed afterflipping off a Miami-Dade judge during a bond court hearing is expected
to apologize to the judge on Friday afternoon.
The video of Penelope Soto's appearance before Miami-Dade Circuit
Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday, Feb. 4th went viral due to her
Soto, 18, appeared in bond court for a drug possession hearing and
laughed when the judge asked her if she was under the influence.
The judge told Soto, "We're not in a club, be serious about it." Soto said she was being serious.
He initially ordered Soto to be held on $5,000 bond, to which Soto laughed again and said, "Adios" in a mocking manner.
The judge summoned her back to the podium and increased her bond to $10,000. At that point, Soto stopped laughing.
"Are you serious?" Soto asked.
The judge replied, "I am serious. Adios."
Soto flipped him off and said he could 'go *expletive* himself' as
she walked away. The judge then ordered her held in contempt of court
and sentenced her to 30 days in jail.
Two days later, Soto appeared in court again much more sullen and
nervous. The hearing was related to her arrest for possession of Xanax.
She was arrested over the weekend after police went to check on reports
of a female down at SW 96th Street and142nd Avenue. When talking with
the officer, Soto reportedly blurted out "I'm on Xanax bars and I have
more in my purse."
At Wednesday's hearing, Judge Jeffrey Rosinek set her bond at $5,000 but said she still had to serve the 30-day jail sentence.
The judge also ruled she can have her case thrown out if she completes a drug program.
The only judge who can drop the contempt sentence is Rodriguez-Chomat.