Florida woman apologizes for flipping off judge

The Miami HeraldFebruary 8, 2013 

After apologizing Friday for flipping the bird to a judge earlier this week, 18-year-old Penelope Soto saw her $10,000 bond and remaining jail sentence vacated.

But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeffrey Rosinek also ordered Soto to attend drug addiction counseling.

The judge also ordered Soto to attend drug addiction counseling.

Soto had appeared before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat earlier this week on a Xanax possession charge. During the hearing, Soto had giggled and stroked her hair when questioned by the judge.

After the judge initially setting her bond at $5,000 and saying “bye-bye” to Soto, she replied with a laugh and an “adios.”

Irritated, he reset her bond at $10,000.

To that, Soto offered up the rude gesture and an expletive.

That time, Rodriguez-Chomat issued a 30-day sentence for contempt of court.

Soto wasn’t laughing Friday when she apologized to the judge.

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