Judge trumps middle finger with jail time

Last updated 13:45 07/02/2013

Woman jailed for courtroom cheek and showing the judge her middle finger.

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A Miami woman has been jailed on contempt charges after flipping off a judge during a drug possession hearing.

Miami television station NBC 6 reported that on Monday, local time, 18-year-old Penelope Soto laughed when Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat asked how much her jewellery was worth as he inquired about her financial assets.

The judge told Soto to be serious and Soto said she was.

He set Soto's bond at US$5000 (NZ$5958) and said bye-bye. Soto laughed again and replied, "adios". He summoned her back and reset her bond at US$10,000.

Soto asked whether the judge was serious and he said, "I am serious. Adios".

Soto flipped him off and blurted an expletive as she walked away.

Unamused, the judge called her again and sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

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