Rule #1 when making a court appearance, do NOT flip off the judge. It seems Penelope Soto, a teenager from Miami, had never heard of this rule or considered it’s consequences when she appeared before a judge on illegal possession of Xanax pills. She was giggly, mouthy and she flipped the judge the bird after her bail was set.
The judge asks Penelope if she is working and how much she makes per week. She answers. He then asks if she has any property of value. She says she has lots of jewelry. He asks how much it’s worth, she replies, “I own a lot of jewelry alright. As well as a car.” The judge then quizzes her on it’s worth. “How much would you say your jewelry is worth?” She laughs nervously, cupping her hands together.
“It’s not a joke, we’re not in a club, be serious about it,” he warns her. She apologizes and begins stroking her hair frantically. The judge continues, “It’s alright, so how much is your jewelry worth?”
“It’s worth a lot of money,” she says again. ”Like what?” he prods. ”Like, rickroll!” she laughs again. ”Ma’am, have you had any kind of drugs in the past 24 hours?” he asks as she makes a weird face.
He tells her she can appoint her own private attorney with all the jewelry she claims to have. He then sets her bail at $5,000.
“Bye, bye!” he waves at her to leave. ”Adios!” she says and happily turns to leave.
“Come back!” he calls to her. She smiles and returns. He then sets her bail at $10,000. Penelope Soto’s jaw drops. “Are you serious?!” she calls out. “I am serious. Adios!” He cues her to leave again. You can hear people in the courtroom yelling, “Adios!” to her. She flips him off on her way out.
“Come back again!” he call to her again, losing his cool. The courtroom is up in arms. He holds Penelope in criminal contempt and sentences her to 30 days in jail.
Enjoy your stay, Penelope!