According to NBC Miami,
18-year-old Penelope Soto was in court for charges relating to
possession of Xanax, a prescription drug. Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat
was in the process of setting her bond. He asked Soto about the value of
her jewelry. Soto laughed. That was strike one.
"It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat said. "We are not in a club. Be serious about it."
Soto replied: "I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh. You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."
judge said, "Like what?" Soto compared the jewelry to a wealthy rapper.
She replied that the jewelry is "like Rick Ross. It's worth money."
perplexed judge asked of Soto had taken drugs within the past 24 hours,
to which she answer, "Actually, no." The judge then set Soto's bond at
$5,000 and said, "Bye, bye." Soto chuckled and said, "Adios." Strike
two. The judge summoned her back and raised the bond to $10,000,
eliciting gasps from those in the courtroom.
asked if the judge was serious. Judges are not known for their humor,
and Rodriguez-Chomat is no exception. "I am serious," he said. "Adios."
Soto wasn't done. Instead of leaving the courtroom she flipped
Rodriguez-Chomat the bird and said "F*** you." And that was strike
three. Soto was again called back and then sentenced to thirty days in
the big house for contempt of court.