The only possible reason I can think of is based on the totality of the evidence. Her general demeanor was flippant, she was evasive in describing her net worth, and I think her tacking on adios at the end the judge took as a sign of perhaps mocking him.If the 'standard' bail is $5K her general demeanor was not suggestive that she had much respect for the court, and by extension the criminal justice system. So if the lower amount was a laughing matter I don't know if it would secure her appearance at trial.
Irrational E. - Bail is not meant to be a form of punishment or based on how much you respect the law. It is simply a means for guaranteeing future appearance in court. Girl was a dope and probably high on something, but the judge was a douche, both for raising the bail for her saying "Adios" and for sentencing her to thirty days, a night or two would have been way more than enough.
Robert - If you thought I was saying the bail was in retribution or punishment for her flippant attitude we have a misunderstanding. As I said:"if the lower amount was a laughing matter I don't know if it would secure her appearance at trial." The implication of that is that the bail was being set in order to ensure that appearance.Her 30 days was a separate matter. I think the 30 days was overly harsh for her cursing and flipping off the judge. But it was textbook contempt. The judge was being an ass dumping salt in the wound, which is counterproductive for any person who wishes to receive respect as they are demonstrating they have little regard for others and are on a power trip, making them self feel powerful by inflicting suffering, even if at that point only emotional pain, on others.
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