Texas Lawyer Goes Viral After Appearing in Court with Kitten Zoom Filter

A lawyer in Texas went viral after attending a virtual court hearing with a wide-eyed kitten filter on Zoom, telling the presiding judge, “I am here live. I am not a cat.”

Court Attorney Rod Ponton offered to go forward with the video conference call despite being unable to remove a filter of a worried kitten whose mouth and eyes followed Ponton’s movements.

“Are you there, judge? Can you hear me, judge?” Ponton anxiously asked after Judge Roy Ferguson of the 394th Judicial District Court of Texas, who presided the court appearance, informed Ponton that he had a filter on.

“I don’t know how to remove it. I’ve got my assistant her and she’s trying to, but I’m prepared to go forward with it… I’m here live. I’m not a cat,” Ponton explained.

“I can see that,” Ferguson replied after a moment of awkward silence.

“If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off. This kitten just made a formal announcement on a case in the 394th,” Ferguson tweeted with a link to the video clip of the hearing in the official Youtube channel of the district court.

In an interview with Vice Media, Ponton said that he was using his secretary’s computer and “for some reason, she had that filter on.” He said that he eventually was able to remove the kitten filter and proceeded with the hearing “as normal.”

Ponton also told New York Times after being informed of going viral, “If I can make the country chuckle for a moment in these difficult times they’re going through, I’m happy to let them do that at my expense.”


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