Cat Called For Jury Duty; Owner’s Request To Disqualify Denied

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NY Daily News – Boston resident Sal Esposito has been called to jury duty, but there’s one thing standing in the way of his ability to serve: He’s a cat.

Massachusetts couple Anna and Guy Esposito received a jury duty summons for their feline friend this month, who they had listed as a household resident on the 2010 Census.

“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,” Anna told local TV station WHDH. “I read the whole thing and I said, ‘Oh my God, how could he go, he’s a cat?'”

“I was shocked,” added Anna’s husband Guy, though he said Sal – a fan of crime shows – “knows right and wrong.”

Anna filed to have her pet disqualified from the service requirement on the grounds 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.

The court rejected the request, and as things stand, Sal will have to report for duty to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston on March 23.

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  • Dave

    “please let this cat sit through the trial”
    Apparently, you know know nothing of cats. That poor creature wouldn’t last 10 minutes. I should know, I’ve had cats for 15 years, and currently live with 7 of them.

  • Melissa

    While this makes for a funny headline. The reason this is an issue at all is because the owners chose to do something they should know was not appropriate or accurate in terms of its intended purpose.
    The owners should NEVER have listed a cat on the census. That is wrong in so many ways including issues related to taxation, school and other services planning. They asked for it…they got it…now they need to deal with it.

    • Sara Joy Bailey

      from reading the article she said she listed him on the census under pets. I imagine there is a spot to indicate the pets in one’s household. Which someone must have miss-recorded something causing the error. But I agree that If they listed the cat on names of household members and notated “pet” beside it then that would be wrong.

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