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Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Never mess with people who have the power to make your life miserable. That includes DMV employees, waiters and baggage handlers. And judges. Especially them.

A Miami woman facing drug charges made her situation much worse when she laughed at and then flipped off the man with the gavel. File this case under: Ill advised.

According to NBC Miami, 18-year-old Penelope Soto was in court for charges relating to possession of Xanax, a prescription drug. Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat was in the process of setting her bond. He asked Soto about the value of her jewelry. Soto laughed. That was strike one.

"It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat said. "We are not in a club. Be serious about it."

Soto replied: "I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh. You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."

The judge said, "Like what?" Soto compared the jewelry to a wealthy rapper. She replied that the jewelry is "like Rick Ross. It's worth money."

The perplexed judge asked if Soto had taken drugs within the past 24 hours, to which she answer, "Actually, no." The judge then set Soto's bond at $5,000 and said, "Bye-bye." Soto chuckled and said, "Adios." Strike two. The judge summoned her back and raised the bond to $10,000, eliciting gasps from those in the courtroom.

Soto asked if the judge was serious. Judges are not known for their humor, and Rodriguez-Chomat is no exception. "I am serious," he said. "Adios."

But Soto wasn't done. Instead of leaving the courtroom she flipped Rodriguez-Chomat the bird and said "F*** you." And that was strike three. Soto was again called back and then sentenced to thirty days in the big house for contempt of court.

mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Bunch of fear mongers here,

Getting off with a fine, and the ca note will be worth showing.

Bet.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Haven't heard from Jcory yet.
I wonder if they locked him up and threw away the key?

:)
SalNichols

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Bump...where's our boy? No tr of Skull Queen or his arraignment...
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Ken M

I don't understand your point, no relevance to this topic. Just because that biatch has attitude and money doesn't give her the right to be arrogant.
Watch the vid, http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342922 if I was the judge, I would't have let her out after 30 days unless she apologized to the court.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Hope he's busy climbing.

You know what is really stupid.

That this is any issue whatsoever

The fear that encompasses this issue is a fully artificial construct demanded by insane lawmaking.

So easy to fix..a few lines of script printed on a little piece of paper signed by one person.

The process to get there will take a few more years sadly.. saddest of all is that it's inevitability does not reduce the span of time.. the span of unnecessary fear of governments power to destroy your life.
Bargainhunter

climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:58am PT
Could someone refresh my memory as why governments have laws against psychoactive substances? I can understand laws against being intoxicated in situations that could lead to the harm of others (e.g. drunk driving), but if you are lying in your backyard high on (fill in the blank substance), who cares?

Most countries have prohibitions on these things. But why? This is a serious question. It really seems like a waste of law enforcement and I fail to see the societal benefit of these laws.

Indonesia has capital punishment laws for minor possession. Japanís laws make the USA seem tolerant.

Please explain why many cultures are afraid of people being drunk, high, disinhibited, stimulated, sedated, transiently psychotic, euphoric, etc. by their own choice.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:25am PT
bargainhunter-

If everyone stayed in their own backyard getting high on relatively innocuous drugs, probably the government wouldn't care. However, not all drugs are equal and society often ends up paying the price for those that aren't. Marijuana and heroin aren't the same in their results, let alone cocaine or crack or meth. If the addict only screwed themselves up, in America at least, probably nobody would care, but all of society pays for the crime and the hospital, rehabilitation and prison bills caused by the more malevolent drugs.

The problem in America is that we apply the same one size fits all to every drug besides alcohol and tobacco when clearly hippy lettuce isn't in the same category as the others. The establishment of course feels that if they ok the herb, then the next step will be people clamoring for heroin or crack to be legalized - the old domino theory of drugs.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:18am PT
Jan, may I add another reason why our country refuses to change the drug laws that needlessly as well as counter-productively places drug users behind bars and that is the prison industrial complex in this country.

Not only are corporations realizing large profits from catering to the needs of government run prisons: but also prisons run by private industry.

These businesses have powerful lobbyist and support groups which work hard to ensure that prisons be kept full, increase in number and that the "guests" have extended stays.

I'm afraid the senseless, counterproductive as well as costly practice of sentencing illicit drug users time behind bars will not end because of logic and economic sense.
jcory86

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Tacostanders!

The valley trip was a success! Sent Skull queen hammerless in 19 hours Car to Car 12 hours on route. It has come kick ass C2+ pitches and the .10b/c pitch on top is fantastic. I ditched my approach shoes and half the gear and freed it at sunset. Probably the best pitch Ive climbed in the valley so far.

As far as the dope....

I didnt even make it into the courthouse. I talked to the federal public defender, thanks PTPP for the contact info, and showed him my script. He walked into the prosecutors office and they talked for maybe 2 minutes. They both walked out and gave me a "stern-talking-to" ie: "dont bring pot in the park, ok?" Shook my hand and said I was free to go. No fine and nothing on my record. I walked back towards the store on cloud 9.

Im writing up the TR right now and will post it up ASAP
This post sure got everyone talking...

I appreciate all the positive thoughts ladies and gents.

Next up is zodiac in a push in april!!!

jcory
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Great news!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Yeah, Great News!
monolith

climber
SF bay area
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Way to go. Kudos to PTPP!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
BEST FRIKKEN NEWS ALL DAY!

YAY!

Oh. . . and. . . congrats on the climb, too!

:-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Doing a wall right before a court appearance, yeah, that's smart.

You were lucky dude.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Love that follow-up, "f*ck you" to the community.

There was never an arrest.

The 13 y/o "climber" got the chance to try out his first troll on this group.

Har, har.

There was never a climb, either.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 8, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Congradulations! Another life saved.
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:12am PT
nice TR. way casual
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 9, 2013 - 05:31am PT
Hey bro,

Stoked to hear about the climb, and WAY stoked that they dropped it. Have been wondering what happened all week. See, good karma for your actions in September came back to help you maybe?

At any rate, look forward to the TR. Be cool mang!
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Feb 9, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
HA! We aint doing that sh#t in a push. Since you aren't replying to my texts, hows the chin?
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