It doesn't pay to get sassy with a judge

    10:54 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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    UNDATED (CNN) -- It might seem like common sense not to flip the bird at a guy commonly referred to as "Your Honor", but that didn't stop a Florida woman from giving the one-fingered salute and cursing at the judge.

    Do not, repeat, do not try this in court. Penelope Soto, 18, didn't just flip the judge the bird right off the bat. She built up to it.

    Charged with possession of Xanax, she and Miami Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez Chomat got off to a rocky start at this bail hearing.

    Soon it started to sound like a scene out of "My Cousin Vinny." And Soto had no prior arrests so the judge set bail at $5,000. But when she said "adios" as she was leaving, the judge may have thought that was a little too sassy.

    The judge asked her to come back and upped the bail. So Soto flipped the bird and the judge flipped.

    CNN's senior legal analyst says the punishment is on the harsh side but still normal. Jeffrey Toobin says, "She was way outside those rules and she had to live with the consequences."

    Soto's public defender had no comment. Of course, Penelope Soto wasn't the first defendant to let her fingers, and I don't mean this finger, do the talking.

    At her sentencing in 2010 actress Lindsay Lohan's eyes may have cried tears but her middle fingernail cried "F You." Who knows if it was directed at the court or the press. The judge's spokesperson said it didn't warrant a reaction.

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