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Judge sentences teen who gave him the finger in court to 30 days in prison. Is this too harsh?

Kyle 2013/02/06 16:09:52
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Eighteen-year-old Penelope Soto was arrested for
drug possession and, after making snotty remarks to the judge, got
slapped with a $10,000 fine. Not having learned her lesson, Soto then
made an obscene gesture to the judge, who found her in contempt and
sentenced her to 30 days in prison.

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  • Joe Finsternis 2013/02/14 20:05:27
    no
    Joe Finsternis
    +1
    I heard about that the other day, and I actually thought it was pretty funny. I wish I could sentence someone just for being a bitch.
  • Philo-Publius 2013/02/14 17:10:46
    yes
    Philo-Publius
    +2
    Xanax, people. Xanax...

    I would have dismissed the case against this troubled young lady, issued an apology to her from the bench on behalf of the District Attorney and the State of Florida, and found the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, the Florida Legislature and the Congress of the United States in contempt of justice.
    FTC
  • Joe Fin... Philo-P... 2013/02/14 20:06:01
    Joe Finsternis
    +1
    Lol @ the picture.
  • TheTruth1313 2013/02/14 07:39:04
    no
    TheTruth1313
    If anything, the judge was too lenient. Seems the little bitch needed to be taught a lesson in respect. Kudos to the judge.
  • sjalan 2013/02/14 03:43:26
    no
    sjalan
    The little trollop deserved every single day AND the $10,000 fine on her.
  • Thank you but no... 2013/02/14 02:42:07
    no
    Thank you but no...
    No. Contempt of court is contempt of the legal system and requires strong enforcement. I believe I am right in saying that a judge can hand down ANY term he sees fit for contempt, up to and including life, but I may be wrong.
  • Swamp Wizard 2013/02/14 02:04:33
    yes
    Swamp Wizard
    +1
    Sounds like that judge takes his job too seriously
  • antiteaparty 2013/02/14 01:39:55
    yes
    antiteaparty
    Drunk Drivers get less time than she got!
  • Thank y... antitea... 2013/02/14 02:45:33
    Thank you but no...
    In which jurisdiction? It's normally three to six months, between a one and three year driving ban and a £1,000 to £5,000 fine
  • antitea... Thank y... 2013/02/14 04:07:45
    antiteaparty
    +1
    In England?... here you can get up to 93 days for your 1st offense but I have not heard of anyone getting that on their first offense... Not saying it doesn't happen just that everyone that I have known who got a DUI has not spent more than 10 days... and that was done on the weekends because they were working.
  • Thank y... antitea... 2013/02/14 12:38:57 (edited)
    Thank you but no...
    Lucky them. Usually a prison sentence is given when the alcohol level is very high or a lot of damage or an injury occur. You CAN get community service if you are lucky, which is done at the weekend, but prison sentences usually result in the loss of your job.
  • antitea... Thank y... 2013/02/14 15:29:32
    antiteaparty
    +1
    Yeah, I'm sure there are extenuating circumstances that play a big part in sentencing but for 1st time offenders that simply are arrested for blowing a few points over I don't think too many judges would force an offender to lose his job and end up on the public's dole. It just wouldn't make any sense to make a person have to take tax dollars to support their family after sentencing. It kinda would go against the intended punishment. But I understand your point.
  • Max7 2013/02/14 01:37:24
    no
    Max7
    If this doesn't teach him how to respect those in authority, I'll bet he'll remember those 30 days. I don't think that some people know how to approach matters with commonsense, they just think that they rule. Well this judge showed this young man that he does too.
  • Archer ~ The Limit Break of... 2013/02/14 01:35:31
    no
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    +2
    It's called 'respect'.

    There are consequences for not showing it when it's due.
  • Chrissi 2013/02/14 01:12:17
    yes
    Chrissi
    I realize that he doesn't want to tale any sh*t & he wants to get out that message, but aren't sentences supposed to be in line with the 'crime'? The differences between a felony and a mis? This cuts too closely between meeting out justice and allowing one's feelings to get in the way. One may "like" the finger, but there's no cause for THIS!!!
  • Archer ... Chrissi 2013/02/14 01:36:39
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    +1
    ... It's something called 'contempt of court'. This qualifies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • Thank y... Chrissi 2013/02/14 02:46:45
    Thank you but no...
    Yes, they ARE supposed to be in line with the crime. And I, for one, think that 1 month is reasonable tending to lenient.
  • No One 2013/02/14 01:01:32
    no
    No One
    The finger was just the last straw to a series of actions that resulted in jail time.
  • Masaca 2013/02/14 00:54:12
    no
    Masaca
    Not harsh enough IMO
  • Sissy 2013/02/13 21:58:54
    no
    Sissy
    +2
    Absolutely not.
  • Tucker 2013/02/12 19:23:01
    no
    Tucker
    +1
    Hell no, and I'm glad she got 30 days prison time not just jail time, her bitch attitude will get her a different group of new friends.
  • Thank y... Tucker 2013/02/14 02:47:52
    Thank you but no...
    +1
    Sorry to butt in, but what is the difference between prison time and jail time? In the UK they are precisely the same thing.
  • Tucker Thank y... 2013/02/14 12:42:11
    Tucker
    +2
    The post said prison time but actually was jail. The differance is "Jail" time is local that usually is a holding cell for those yet to see the judge or work off fines, public intox.
    Prision is a state facilitie with a mix of those convicted of Murder,rape, drugs and such. Best to google, have not had my coffee yet.
  • Thank y... Tucker 2013/02/14 12:51:44
    Thank you but no...
    +1
    Cool. Thanks for the info. I did google, but of course Jail and Prison are exactly the same thing in the UK. Prison (or Jail) is a national (you'd say Federal) institution.
  • Tucker Thank y... 2013/02/14 20:29:30
    Tucker
    +1
    Thanks for knowledge from across the waters.
  • Thank y... Tucker 2013/02/16 14:14:42
    Thank you but no...
    +1
    You're welcome sir.
  • Marina Meadows 2013/02/10 04:06:31
    yes
    Marina Meadows
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  • Marina ... Marina ... 2013/02/10 04:07:59
    Marina Meadows
    +3
    What about causes that took her there in the 1st place? Where is the compassion, understanding, love and Help for her!? Why he acted so arrogant, with the"God Complex"that must of them suffer!? Is that what we expect to do with people that make mistakes or we want to transform them into productive, good, happy members of our society? We have been"Kill Alive"because of the Retaliation of some JUDGES! Read my tweets at pradera123 Watch video & make it Viral, so it does not happen to anybody else!
  • Tree 2013/02/09 04:30:23
    no
    Tree
    +1
    Shes gotta learn.
  • Little Red 2013/02/08 22:23:38
    no
    Little Red
    Shocking but I do find it amusing!
  • Chris 2013/02/08 01:27:53
    no
    Chris
    Something tells me she has never been disciplined in her life.
  • MsTlynne 2013/02/07 16:19:04 (edited)
    no
    MsTlynne
    +2
    The stupid little heifer is lucky that's all she got. If I were her parent, she'd also be punished at home.
  • frank 2013/02/07 16:15:18
    no
    frank
    +2
    I'm glad that the judge held her accountable for her own actions. Maybe in 30 days she will have learned to control her actions and her mouth.
  • USAF Vet 2013/02/07 08:10:14
    no
    USAF Vet
    +3
    She broke the law, is that too difficult for bleeding hearts to understand? Then she goes before a Judge (who took an oath to defend the law) and exhibits obnoxious, loathsome, contemptuous, behavior…what a spoiled little $hit she is. The fine IS justified and the jail sentence too lenient, 90 days in County Jail, for stupidity and unadulterated disrespect may (and do not count on it) teach this little twit some manners.
  • nightcrawler2005 2013/02/07 07:01:13
    no
    nightcrawler2005
    +3
    She deserves it. If you want to act like a smart ass punk in court you better be ready for the consequences. If she does it again I'm sure she'll be looking at 6 months.
  • Kaleokualoha 2013/02/07 06:17:25
    no
    Kaleokualoha
    +4
    I believe that behavior is the epitome of "contempt of court."
  • Lisa 2013/02/07 06:00:02
    no
    Lisa
    +1
    Respect is not admired by teachers and parents . Children are given full reign to be as obnoxious as they want. We wouldn't want to hurt their self esteem now would we? Geez
  • kaZappoo 2013/02/07 05:50:55
    no
    kaZappoo
    +1
    this newest generation has NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW / JUDGES OR ANY ONE ..

    he didnt fine her 10,000 $ ..I HEARD HIM SET BAIL AT 10,000$ AND gave her 30 days , for contempt .

    SHE DESERVED MUCH MORE THAN THAT !
  • jp 2013/02/07 05:36:30
    no
    jp
    +2
    Why not 60 days
  • ☆astac☆~PWCM 2013/02/07 05:15:47
    no
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +1
    10 years hard labor sounds right for this obama supporter

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