A teenager was jailed for thirty days afterÂ sticking her finger up a a judge during sentencing yesterday.
Penelope Soto wasÂ appearing after being arrested for drug possession, but after her bond was setÂ she made the offensive gesture to Miami-DadeÂ Circuit Judge JorgeÂ Rodriguez-Chomat.
As a result she was hauled back in front ofÂ the judge and given a jail sentence forÂ contempt of court.
The exchange, seen in a video posted onÂ LiveLeak, began when Soto was asked about her financial assets.
Standing up in court wearing an orangeÂ jumpsuit told him she earned $200 a week and said her assets included herÂ jewellery and a car.
When he asked her how much her jewellery was worth, sheÂ laughed, and said ‘a lot.’
Realising her laughter did not reflect theÂ gravity of the situation JudgeÂ 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 aboutÂ it.’
Still looking amused and stroking her hair Soto answered ‘I’m serious about it, youÂ just made me laugh.’
‘You just made me laugh, I apologize. It’sÂ worth a lot of money,’ she continued.
Judge Rodriguez-Chomat asked Soto if she hadÂ 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 constantlyÂ moving andÂ flicking her hair.
Judge Rodriguez-Chomat then set Soto’s bondÂ at $5,000 and said ‘bye, bye.’
In response, Soto laughed and replied ‘Adios’Â as she walked away.
After a second’s hesitation, JudgeÂ Rodriguez-Chomat called Soto back and asked for the papers to be handed back toÂ him.
After scribbling on them, he then reset herÂ bond at $10,000, to which a shocked Soto replied: ‘Are youÂ serious?’
As she turned to walk away again Soto gaveÂ the finger to Judge Rodriguez-Chomat and said: F***Â you.’
Again looking amused Judge Rodriguez-ChomatÂ called Soto back again and gave her a 30-day jail sentence for contempt ofÂ court.
Soto had appeared in court on Monday forÂ possession of Xanax bars – the anti-anxiety drug is available on prescription,Â but is commonly used as an easy high.