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Cat Summoned for Jury Duty, Not Excused for Being a Cat

Boy, it’s hard to get a good jury these days. Everyone wants out of jury duty – so what’s a court to do? Why not call a cat to sit on a jury?

Here’s what happened:

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.”

Okay, so that’s funny – but what follows is even better: the court rejected Anna’s petition to excuse the cat from jury duty! Link (Photo: WHDH-TV)

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January 19th, 2011

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