When pets go to court

Cat summoned for jury duty in the U.S.

 

When they ask it guilty or not guilty, what is it supposed to say, “meow”?

 

Cat summoned
Meow!

Under normal circumstances you’d think an animal has nothing to do in a courtroom, but it seems some people in the United States, particularly in Boston, would disagree.

 

A court addressed Sal the cat in a letter, asking it to appear for jury duty.  Owners of the cat wrote to the court asking the family pet to be excused from service because it doesn’t speak or understand English.  Allegedly, they even provided evidence (a letter from the veterinarian stating) that Sal is in fact domestic short-haired neutered feline and not human.

Summons
Summons

 

According to the Daily Mail, the court ruled the animal must report to Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, U.S. on March 23rd.

 

The Daily Mail reported that Sal could have accidentally ended up on the juror list when paperwork was misread at the last census.

 

According to the Massachusetts judicial branch website, US citizens who do not speak and understand English sufficiently well may be disqualified.

January 18th, 2010.

 

TRC

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