Wednesday, 6. February 2013
Penelope Soto just didn’t know when to shut up.
Soto, 18, appeared in court Monday after being arrested and charged with drug possession stemming from an incident where officers responded to an accident to find Soto high on Xanax and in possession of the drug.
As you can see in the video, Soto did not seem to take court seriously, as she laughed numerous times during the hearing. Judge Jorge Rodriquez-Chomat was not amused, and later in the hearing he asked her about the value of any property she owned, and Soto said her jewelry was “worth a lot of money…like Rick Ross.”
This did not sit well with Rodriguez-Chomat, who told the teen that court was serious business, and “We are not in a club.”
It appeared that court would end rather uneventfully, though, as Rodriguez-Chomat set Soto’s bail at $5,000 and dismissed her. Soto could have said nothing and exited the court, but instead she laughed and said “adios”.
Once again Rodriguez-Chomat was not amused. Soto began to walk away, but the judge ordered her back in front of the court. He amended his previous ruling and increased her bail amount to $10,000.
There were audible gasps in the courtroom, and Soto herself asked “Are you serious?” The judge, wanting the last word, said “I am serious, adios”.
As you can guess, Soto was no longer in a laughing mood, but she still hadn’t learned her lesson. As she turned to leave, she muttered “F*** you” and flipped the judge the bird.
Rodriguez-Chomat decided that was the last straw. He once again called the teen back to the front of the courtroom. He asked if he had heard her correctly, and when Soto confirmed that she had directed an F-bomb at him, Rodriguez-Chomat sentenced her to 30 days in jail for criminal contempt.
Soto was taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center to serve her time.
Hopefully Soto learned a lesson. Much like cooks and pregnant women, judges are not people you want to make angry.
Related source: ABC News