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How NOT To Behave In Court (Video)

A teenager was jailed for thirty days after  sticking her finger up a a judge during sentencing yesterday.

Penelope Soto was  appearing after being arrested for drug possession, but after her bond was set  she made the offensive gesture to Miami-Dade  Circuit Judge Jorge  Rodriguez-Chomat.

As a result she was hauled back in front of  the judge and given a jail sentence for  contempt of court.

The exchange, seen in a video posted on  LiveLeak, began when Soto was asked about her financial assets.

Punishment: Penelope Soto was appearing after being arrested for drug possession, but after her bond was set she made the offensive gesture to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat

Standing up in court wearing an orange  jumpsuit told him she earned $200 a week and said her assets included her  jewellery and a car.

When he asked her how much her jewellery was worth, she  laughed, and said ‘a lot.’

Realising her laughter did not reflect the  gravity of the situation Judge  Rodriguez-Chomat told her: ‘It’s not a joke, you know, we’re not in a club now,’

‘We are not in a club, be serious about  it.’

Still looking amused and stroking her hair Soto answered ‘I’m serious about it, you  just made me laugh.’

‘You just made me laugh, I apologize. It’s  worth a lot of money,’ she continued.

Judge Rodriguez-Chomat asked Soto if she had  taken any drugs in the past 24 hours, which she denied.

Throughout the exchange Soto’s facial expressions varied from boredom to amusement and she was constantly  moving and  flicking her hair.

Judge Rodriguez-Chomat then set Soto’s bond  at $5,000 and said ‘bye, bye.’

In response, Soto laughed and replied ‘Adios’  as she walked away.

After a second’s hesitation, Judge  Rodriguez-Chomat called Soto back and asked for the papers to be handed back to  him.

After scribbling on them, he then reset her  bond at $10,000, to which a shocked Soto replied: ‘Are you  serious?’

As she turned to walk away again Soto gave  the finger to Judge Rodriguez-Chomat and said: F***  you.’

Again looking amused Judge Rodriguez-Chomat  called Soto back again and gave her a 30-day jail sentence for contempt of  court.

Soto had appeared in court on Monday for  possession of Xanax bars – the anti-anxiety drug is available on prescription,  but is commonly used as an easy high.

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