Kitteh Gets Jury Summons

Kate CP - posted on 01/19/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




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.

I can has civic duty? o.O


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Mary - posted on 01/20/2011




I agree with Tara.

If one of my dogs got summoned for jury duty, and a simple letter from ME (screw going to the trouble of getting a letter from my vet!) did not suffice, I would show up with the summoned dog. My boys are pretty well trained, but I could not guarantee that they could get through an entire day in court without both napping through a fair bulk of the testimony, or cocking their leg on the judges bench (although perhaps that could be construed as their vote?).

Tracey - posted on 01/20/2011




What would happen if a mouse ran across the court room, would they charge the cat with contempt of court for running after it?

Johnny - posted on 01/19/2011




I'm with Heather. Why doesn't stuff like this happen to me? My James would be an excellent juror. He is very unbiased and is an excellent judge of character. He comes to me for pets and never my husband.

Lacye - posted on 01/19/2011




LOL This is so funny simply because it's for real and not a joke! OMG! Do they have a kitty interpreter? The judge will ask guilty or not guilty and the person will say in English what the cat says. (ok. that sounded funnier when it was in my head. that's sad)

Lady Heather - posted on 01/19/2011




This is the kind of fun stuff I want to have happen to me and it never does. :( You have no idea how much I'd love to take my Potsy to court and hold her up in all her fat, self-shaved-stomach gloriousness.

Jodi - posted on 01/19/2011




OMG, I want to be in that court room when that cat takes his seat with the rest of the jury! WOW!!!

Tara - posted on 01/19/2011




This will be interesting to follow. If I were Sal's owners I would show up at court with him in a cat carrier or better yet on a leash and hand over the summons to the court clerk and just wait for the kerfuffle to ensue. Would love to be a fly on the wall if they actually go!

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