Target: Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat
Goal: Support judge’s decision to charge woman with jail sentence for being disrespectful in court
In a taped court appearance, 18-year old Penelope Soto had her bond doubled and received 30 days in jail after flipping off the judge and using expletives during her hearing. While some feel the judge was too hard in his sentencing, others believe upholding the court’s code of conduct was justified in teaching the woman a lesson about her behavior. Please sign this petition and support the judge’s right to hold the woman in contempt after disrespecting the judge’s decree.
Penelope Soto, 18, faced Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat for illegal possession of Xanax at her bond hearing. When asked how much her jewelry was worth in trying to determine her financial state, Soto laughed, to which the judge told her this is “not a joke.” Rodriguez-Chomat reminded Soto that she was not in a club and needed to be serious about the circumstances. Soto continued to mock the judge and provide smart aleck responses before the judge set her bond at $5,000. As she left she gave the judge a laugh-filled “adios,” which did not amuse Judge Rodriguez-Chomat. He quickly called her back to the stand and doubled the bond to $10,000. A shocked Soto responded by flipping off the judge and using an expletive directed at him. That’s when Rodriguez-Chomat slapped Soto with a 30-day jail sentence for contempt of court.
According to Florida Contempt of Court Laws, “…contempt can also involve the defendant’s behavior and actions in the courtroom towards the judge after being given an order by the judge. A person convicted of contempt of court faces up to 1 year in the county jail.” While critics believe Rodriguez-Chomat was too harsh in his quick sentencing, he appears to be acting within the rights of the court. Soto was reminded of the seriousness of the situation multiple times and continued to mock the judge and his questioning. Actions have consequences and although Soto is legally an adult, it is obvious that she was not acting as such.
Please sign this petition and support Judge Rodriguez-Chomat’s decision to double Penelope Soto’s bail and hold her on a contempt charge after directing verbal and physical expletives toward a judge during a court hearing.
Dear Judge Rodriguez-Chomat,
I am writing to applaud and support your actions in the recent hearing of Penelope Soto in Miami, Florida. Soto was facing charges for illegally possessing Xanax, but ended up with an additional contempt of court charge after the hearing. While critics feel you were too harsh in your decree, I think Soto’s attitude and behavior warranted a response. Thank you for upholding the conduct of the court and trying to teach this young woman a lesson.
Penelope Soto is a young 18-year-old woman who approached the hearing like a joke. Constantly laughing, mocking and eventually using physical and verbal expletives directed at you, the judge, clearly displays Soto’s immaturity and lack of respect for the court. Actions have consequences and a court of law is the best place for Soto to learn the full extent of those consequences.
According to the Florida Contempt of Court Laws, you were also within legal limits when you sentenced her to 30 days on a contempt of court charge. “In many cases, contempt can also involve the defendant’s behavior and actions in the courtroom towards the judge after being given an order by the judge.” Stoto’s behavior and actions certainly warranted some response by the court and I’m glad to see that you responded accordingly. Thank you for upholding the conduct of the court and not letting Soto get away with such disrespectful behavior.
[Your Name Here]
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