Friday, January 15, 2010

Cat Called For Jury Duty, Juror Disqualification of Service Request Rejected

A cat named Sal Esposito was summoned for jury duty in East Boston. The owner sent in a form to have her pet disqualified from serving on a jury, but the request was denied. In fairness to whoever rejected the request, the owner did not indicate that the potential juror was a feline. She says that she chose the most obvious reason, that her cat could not speak English. Call me a 'speciesist', but the most obvious reason to me would be that the fact that it was a cat, not a human. If this is not worked out by the time Sal is due in court the security guards at that building will be for an interesting morning as the owner tries to comply with the order.

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"Someone is getting called for jury duty...but it's no human.

A family is trying to figure out how their pet cat was summonsed for jury duty.
Anna filed for Sal’s disqualification of service. However, the jury commissioner was unmoved and denied the request.

Sal’s service date at Suffolk Superior Court is set for March 23. Anna said that if the issue isn’t cleared up by then, she will simply have to bring the cat to court.

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