Wednesday, January 26, 2011

News Of The Day: Cat Summoned For Jury Duty

I'm sorry, your honor, we are hopelessly deadlocked at 11-1.

From Daisy and Yahoo News.

Cat summoned for jury service

Tuesday, January 18 04:36 pm
Yahoo! News

A tabby cat has been selected for jury duty in the US after his owners registered him on a state census form.

The bizarre letter was sent to the cat, which was listed in the pets section of the census, by a court in Boston, Massachusetts calling on him for duty.

Cat owners Anna and Guy Esposito wrote to the court asking the family pet, named Sal, to be excused from service because he doesn't speak or understand English.

Mrs Esposito reportedly included a letter from her vet confirming that the cat was a 'domestic short-haired neutered feline' and not human.

However, the request for the cat's exemption was refused by a jury commissioner and Mrs Esposito was told that Sal 'must attend' Suffolk Superior Crown Court.

She said: "When they ask him guilty or not guilty, what's he supposed to say - meow?"

"Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up."

The Daily Mail reported that Sal could have accidentally ended up on the juror list when paperwork was misread at the last census.

According to the Massachusetts judicial branch website, US citizens who 'do not speak and understand English sufficiently well may be disqualified.'

If Sal's application for disqualification is denied, the cat is expected in court on 23 March.


  1. So Sal "speaks" Spanish?

    Love the King Of The Hill quote! Ever seen the episode where Boomhauer's brother was on it? Brad Pitt did the voice. Hilarious.

  2. I vaguely remember that episode. I love Boomhauer. My favorite is when he falls asleep in his raft on the river and gets the bright red farmer's tan.

  3. My dad got called for Jury duty a year after he died. The court wanted my mom to send in proof. She never did. What were they going to do, arrest him?

  4. I say bring him in. At least he'd get paid for showing up, right?

  5. I've heard of a kangaroo court, but this is the first time I've heard of a kitty cat court.

  6. There's a p*ssy joke in there somewhere, but I lack the elan to think it up. Anyone? Bev? RGR? Samsmamma??

  7. SiressYorkie said...

    There's a p*ssy joke in there somewhere, but I lack the elan to think it up. Anyone?

    Trying to back out of his civic duties? What a pussy move.

  8. Or Cam...thanks, Cam!



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