Teen who flipped off judge back in court
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Florida teen who gained notoriety for flipping the bird at a judge returned to court on Monday morning, but has she learned her lesson?
Penelope Soto, 18, appeared in court earlier this month after she was arrested on a drug charge. You may remember her from the infamous exchange she had with Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat after she was charged with possession of Xanax bars.
When Soto learned her bond amount, she flipped off Chomat and cursed him out too.
Judge: "You said [expletive] me?"
Soto: "Yes, sir, I did."
The judge then laid down the law for being in contempt of court.
Judge: "You did say that? I find you in direct criminal contempt. Thirty days in the county jail."
Soto: "OK, that's fine."
The spectacle made national headlines, from Fox News to CNN.
But this Monday morning, Soto met with a different judge checking in on her to see if she has stuck to her end of the bargain, and it appears she is. So far, Soto has attended her counseling sessions, narcotics anonymous meetings and has passed her drug tests. This new judge even applauded her effort in court.
If she keeps it up for a minimum of one year, the charge of possession of a controlled substance against her will be dropped.
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