She didn't have a lawyer, so she was left to fend for herself in the courtroom. Maybe if she had been in the courtroom this scene might have played out differently, but she was being arraigned via a video camera. Not to dismiss her actions, but the judge wasn't exactly much help in this case either.

She tried to be discreet when she flipped the bird to the judge, but it didn't work. He saw it and immediately sentenced her to 30 days in jail and set her bond at $20,000 for contempt of court.