Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sal Esposito, A Family Cat, Summoned To Jury Duty


If you are wondering why Massachusetts resident, Sal Esposito, looks like a typical scaredy cat it is because Sal has been summoned for jury duty!

Fortunately for Sal, his owners think of him as a member of the family and made it official when they checked "cat" on the Census Report but the court system thought "cat" meant "human" and unfortunately Sal will be a member of the jury on March 23, 2011.

Of course, Sal's human, Anna, thought Sal should be disqualified from the service requirement on the grounds that he is "unable to speak and understand English." She even included a letter from her vet explaining that Sal is not a human being but a "domestic short-haired neutered feline," WHDH reported. 

 But the jury commissioner denied the request because "the law is the law" and Sal should not receive any special favors because of his status. I wonder if the judge will be disappointed or amused when Sal lets out a "Meow" or two during the trial? 

What would you do if you were Sal? Would you break the law and not report for duty? Or would you put your well groomed paws forward and be the best juror pawsible? Put yourself in Sal's paws for just a minute, please, and give Sal some advice. I'm sure he doesn't want to make the decision to appear (or not appear) in court on his own!


  1. LOL!!! I'm at work so I can't view the clip but I think this story is so funny!! I cannot believe poor Sal is still required to do jury duty even if it's proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he'd much rather watch bird tv and chase leaves!! Awwww poor Sal!! I hope the law sees some sense soon!! Take care

  2. Oh goodness!! Can't wait to read all about Sal's jury adventures!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  3. I think that Kitties would make wonderful jurors seeing as we are pretty sly ourselves and can see through all that laywer stuff. Whoops I may have been reading Mom's laywer mysteries again.

  4. MOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a strange world we live in!!!!!!!! But we think Sol would probably do a much better job as a juror than most of the human jurors would do!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Heck yea I'd show up fur jury duty! And then I'll take overs da judges position and has a pawty in his chambers.


  6. Sal should show up for jury duty, just for fun. He'll be a famous cat! But what if the judge is allergic to cats???

  7. We saw that on the news here in Oz and we're still laughing!

    Hope he doesn't have to sit in on a dog case. Surely they'd dismiss him on a case like that! BOL!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  8. Maybe he will get a cat burglar case!

  9. We bet Sal will do a brilliant job! He won't be bored - that's for sure!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  10. Hello To My New Friends,
    I am so glad that my story is making headlines because I have had no one to talk to (other than my humans) about my situation! I cannot believe that a human would DEMAND that I go to trial but I have to face the facts...some humans are just plain stupid, right?
    I will take your advice and go to jury duty and I will have a good time there too!
    xoxo...Sal Esposito

  11. That is funny!! That shows how our system can work!! I think Sal should show up for court and have fun too!! He's probably smarter than some of the people on the jury!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  12. LOL. They should take Sal for jury duty. We bet he'd be better than a lot of the humans who are are called...


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