I’m here live — I’m not a cat

This video grab courtesy of the 394th District Court of Texas obtained on February 9, 2021, shows Texas lawyer Rod Ponton appearing as a cat during a virtual hearing of the 394th District Court of Texas.

Lawyer appears as cat on Zoom call

WASHINGTON: A Texas lawyer appeared as a talking cat during a Zoom call with a judge, sparking worldwide delight at the latest video conferencing mishap of the pandemic work-from-home era.

The cat filter left lawyer Rod Ponton struggling to explain his situation to sympathetic judge, Roy Ferguson.

“I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings,” the judge said.

Ponton — his voice appearing to be spoken by an increasingly anxious white kitten — asked “Can you hear me, judge?”

The judge responded saying “I can hear you. I think it’s a filter…”

“It is,” the nodding cat said. “And I don’t know how to remove it. I’ve got my assistant here, she’s trying to, but I’m prepared to go forward with it… I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”

The judge replied “I can see that,” before later sending out a tweet saying the incident underlined the legal profession’s dedication to justice despite the challenges presented by Covid-19.

Ponton, who was appearing in a civil forfeiture hearing, told US media “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.” – AFP