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Judge Vacates Jail Term For Teen Who Flipped Him Off

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The South Florida teen who was jailed after flipping off a Miami-Dade judge during a bond court hearing apologized to him in person on Friday afternoon.

The video of 18-year-old Penelope Soto's appearance before Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday went viral due to her giving the judge the middle finger and telling him, "Go (expletive) yourself!" in response to the judge raising her bond from $5,000 to $10,000:

Soto chose to portray a different version of herself when apologizing to him in court Friday afternoon. Soto tearfully apologized to the judge, who said the episode should be a lesson in how to properly treat people:

Rodriguez-Chomat said Soto would have been a convicted felon if he allowed the contempt charge to stand.

Following her apology, the judge dropped her contempt of court charges and vacated her 30-day jail term. Soto was arrested for possession of Xanax last weekend.

Her lawyer said Soto will complete a drug court program, which includes treatment for drug addiction and usually results in charges eventually being dropped for first-time offenders.

Soto left the jail around 3 p.m. Friday.

Soto, 18, appeared in bond court for a drug possession hearing earlier this week and laughed when the judge asked her if she was under the influence.

He initially ordered Soto to be held on $5,000 bond, but after Soto laughed again and mockingly told the judge, "Adios", the judge summoned her back to the podium and increased her bond to $10,000. That's when Soto cursed and the judge and flipped him off, earning her 30 days in jail.

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