1.When does rehabilitation come into play exactly? Youre point makes no sense, the whole idea of the american justice system is punishment, rehabilitation has very little to do with any of it.
2. Yah the public defender is really going to go out of his way to intervene and advise some teenager on how to act? No that only comes from a paid attorney. Yes she's stupid but if she was being represented by a paid attorney she would never have had the chance to be stupid in front of the judge in the first place. So she got $5,000 fine for her criminal act and $5,000 fine and 30days in jail for as you put it "Being Stupid".
You don't think if she had a paid Attorney who specilizes in this area of law representing her the sentence would have been different?
I realize ignorance of the law does not excuse the law, but having a deep understanding of the law can sure give you a different (lighter) sentancing.
Rehabilitation does not enter into criminal contempt in the face of the court - these are summary proceeding based upon a judge's inherent jurisdiction to control his/her court and do not have a statutory basis. You are trying to import a principle that is inapplicable.
In Canada our Criminal Code at section 9 eliminates every common law (non-statutory) offence but preserves a judge's inherent jurisdiction to deal with contempt.
9. Notwithstanding anything in this Act or any other Act, no person shall be convicted or discharged under section 730
(a) of an offence at common law,
(b) of an offence under an Act of the Parliament of England, or of Great Britain, or of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or
(c ) of an offence under an Act or ordinance in force in any province, territory or place before that province, territory or place became a province of Canada,
but nothing in this section affects the power, jurisdiction or authority that a court, judge, justice or provincial court judge had, immediately before April 1, 1955, to impose punishment for contempt of court.
If a legislature wished to it could simply remove this power of contempt but it remains..
Actually public defenders (or duty counsel as we call them in Canada) will invariably instruct defendants on proper behaviour.
In this case the judge warned her and she chose to ignore him.
In the extended version of the video, the public defender did make representations to the judge and was not successful in persuading the judge to re-consider. This is a summary procedure and if Florida is like other jurisdictions there is no appeal from such a decision as it flows from a judge's inherent jurisdiction.
This had nothing to do with ignorance of the law just ignorant and disrespectful behaviour.