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Woman Who Flipped Off Judge Gets $5,000 Bond on Drug Charge

Penelope Soto's first court appearance ended with 30-day sentence

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    Penelope Soto is sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court after she gives Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat the finger during a bond hearing. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)

    A woman slammed with a 30-day sentence after she flipped the bird at a Miami-Dade judge earlier this week was back in court on Wednesday.

    Penelope Soto, 18, appeared more composed at Wednesday's hearing, which was related to her arrest for possession of Xanax.

    See Woman Give Judge the Middle Finger

    [MI] 30 Days in Jail for Woman Who Gave Judge the Middle Finger
    Penelope Soto is sentenced to 30 days behind bars for giving Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat the middle finger during a bond court appearance. (Published Friday, Feb 21, 2014)

    Soto didn't laugh or smile during the appearance before Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, who had to ask her several times to repeat herself because she was so quiet.

    Rosinek set her bond at $5,000, but she'll still have to serve the 30-day sentence.

    Soto, who told Rosinek she lives with her mother, will have her case thrown out if she completes a drug program, the judge ruled.

    Soto's appearance in court on Monday made national news after her profane encounter with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat earned her a month behind bars.

    Things got off to a bad start when Soto, who was sporting orange jail clothes and smiled and stroked her hair through the proceeding, laughed when she was asked a question about her jewelry and other assets for posting bond.

    "It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat told her. "We are not in a club, be serious about it."

    "I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh," Soto replied. "You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."

    Rodriguez-Chomat set her bond at $5,000 and said "bye,bye," and Soto laughed and replied "Adios."

    Annoyed, Rodriguez-Chomat summoned her back and reset her bond at $10,000, shocking Soto.

    "Are you serious," she asked.

    "I am serious. Adios," he replied.

    Soto started to walk away when she flipped Rodriguez-Chomat her middle finger and blurted "[expletive] you."

    She was called back again and Rodriguez-Chomat gave her a 30-day sentence for contempt of court.