Judges who Don't Play By the Rules.Submitted by JamesKistner on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 12:38
Recently, half a million people have seen a youtube video of Penelope Soto being held in contempt and getting 30 days in the jailhouse for 'flipping off the Judge'. This was supposed to have happened during a television arraignment, without Soto actually being present in court before the Judge, while she was at the jail. A thirty day sentence was issued from the bench for contempt, and her 5000$ bail was raised to 10000$ within seconds. Two important aspects of this contempt to remember.
First, and legally important, the Judge did not issue any orders or warnings. And the behavior exhibited happened while this women was in a jail, at a great distance from the jurist in question. Also, Soto had never been arrested before.
Second, this judge is an infamous hothead who instigated a brawl in 1998, while at the state legislature. This happened over school vouchers when the judge assaulted Carlos Valdes.