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Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat dies at 72

Local legal community mourns loss of 'wonderful man'

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MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Miami-Dade Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, who was born in Cuba, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. 

Commissioner Rebeca Sosa described Rodriguez-Chomat as an "incredible public servant who dedicated his life to our community."

David Young, a former colleague, described him as a "wonderful man."

Local 10 News viewers may remember Rodriguez-Chomat for trying to teach a lesson to Penelope Soto, a teenager facing a charge of possession of Xanax. The video of the drama in court went viral about four years ago. 

"Adios," she said.

Rodriguez-Chomat doubled her bond during a hearing. And when she showed him her middle finger, he punished her for contempt of court with30 more days in jail. He later reversed his decision and gave her another chance. 

Susana Ferro Rodriguez-Chomat, his wife, his children Rodolfo and Irene survive him. 

ON THE WEB | Here is the obituary by The Miami Herald's David Ovalle

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About the Authors:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013.