It is not Yours Truly’s habit to mention cats on this blog.  I have nothing against cats only very little to say about them.  Until now and Sal, the jury cat, pictured doing his civic duty above.

Here is the story (apparently Sal likes crime shows and needed a vet’s letter to get out of serving):

A pet cat has been ordered to report for jury duty, despite being “unable to speak and understand English”.

If the matter was not resolved, Sal the cat would have to report to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, United States, on March 23.

Owner Anna Esposito said she had told authorities that Sal could not speak or understand English. The cat’s vet had even written a letter explaining that Sal was a “domestic short-haired neutered feline”.

“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,” Mrs Esposito said.

“When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What’s he supposed to say - meow?”

Mrs Esposito said Sal was not suitable for jury duty because he could not understand English, one of the 10 statutory disqualifications preventing people from serving.

Her husband, Guy, said the summons for juror service was a surprise.

“I said, ‘Sal, what’s this?’ I was shocked,” Mr Esposito said.

“He likes to sit on my knee and watch crime shows with me but even so he’s still under-qualified for jury duty if you ask me.”

It is understood that Sal was inadvertently included on the juror list when paperwork was misread at the last census.

January 18th, 2011
3:30 am

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