Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat

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Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat
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Current Court Information:
Florida Eleventh Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Active:   2011 - 1/2/2017
Preceded by:   William Johnson
Past position:   Attorney, Law Offices of Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat & Associates, P.A.
Personal History
Born:   June 28, 1945
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   St. Thomas University - Biscayne College, 1969
Law School:   University of Miami School of Law, 1974
Military service:   Army Reserve, 1969-1975

Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Division, in Florida. He was elected without opposition in April of 2010 to replace retired Judge William Johnson. Rodriguez-Chomat took office in early 2011. His current term expires on January 2, 2017, but he may seek re-election in 2016.[1][2][3][4]


Rodriguez-Chomat was born on June 28, 1945. He received his A.A. degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1967 and his B.A. degree from St. Thomas University - Biscayne College in 1969. From 1969 to 1975, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He also received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1974.[5]


Rodriguez-Chomat began his career in 1971 as an internal revenue agent. He then served as a Certified Public Accountant in 1976. He also ran his own law practice, Law Offices of Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat & Associates, P.A. In 1994, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served District 114 as a Republican from 1995 to 1999. He joined the Circuit Court in 2011.[2][5][6]

Notable rulings

Flipped-off judge gives teen 30-days in jail

Judge Rodriguez-Chomat made national headlines when a video of his sentence against Penelope Soto on February 4, 2013 went viral. Soto, an 18-year-old woman brought in on drug charges, appeared before Rodriguez-Chomat in a bond hearing. After Rodriguez-Chomat set her bond at $5,000, she walked away laughing and said "Adios" to the judge in a mocking tone. The judge called her back and increased her bond to $10,000. At this, Soto, while walking away, flipped off the judge and told him to "*expletive* off". For this, Rodriguez-Chomat gave her 30 days in county jail.[7][8]

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