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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Finger lands teenager in jail for month

Is this fair? An 18-year-old girl jailed on minor drug possession charges turned a fine into a 30-day jail sentence after giving a quick flip of her middle finger to the judge.

The exchanged followed and extensive question-and-answer session via video between the pair as the defendant, dressed in jail oranges, laughed, giggled, avoided specific answers and played with her long hair. Maimi-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat couldn't get a straight answer out of the teenager, Penelope Soto, even asking if she had ingested drugs inside the jail.

Many of the comments on the video, viewed more than 1.5 million times, express anger at the judge. But he has the right to find someone in contempt of court, and you can certainly see from her face when he announces the doubling of the bond, he got her attention. I wonder what she thinks of all this national attention she is getting with this video.

Her disrespect is evident, but taking up a jail bed because she offended the judge? Watch the video and decide for yourself, though I would say she is offending more than the judge but the system. She is telling him and the world that she'll be back and that no lesson was learned with this minor transgression. And because the courts are such a revolving door, check out next one waiting in the line for her few minutes before the judge, it makes sense to delay the inevitable return by just keeping her there.



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