- Rod Ponton, a lawyer from Texas, appeared on a Zoom court hearing wearing a cat filter on
- He tried to convince the other legal counsel and the judge that he is live and not a cat
- Judge Roy Ferguson of Texas’ 394th judicial district said the video showed the “legal community’s dedication to the cause of justice”
A lawyer accidentally put on a kitten filter during a court hearing via Zoom.
Even though working remotely has been the “new normal” under the pandemic, attending virtual meetings can still sometimes be challenging for some. One lawyer from Texas, USA proved how technology can be so confusing.
Rod Ponton, the Texas lawyer, appeared on virtual proceedings of the 394th Judicial District Court via Zoom call with counsels and a judge, wearing a kitten filter on. The confused lawyer even tried to convince the judge to rule that he’s not actually a cat.
“I’m here live… I’m not a cat,” Ponton explained as he tried to remove the filter with his assistant.
The judge, identified as Roy Ferguson of Texas’ 394th judicial district, tried to assure Ponton and helped him troubleshoot the settings. “I can see that,” the judge responded.
The video clip has been shared on YouTube by the 394th Judicial District Court of Texas and has been viewed by over 6.1 million within one day.
On Twitter, Ferguson posted a reminder to lawyers to check their Zoom settings after their children had used the app.
He tweeted, “IMPORTANT ZOOM TIP: 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 (sound on). #lawtwitter #OhNo”
Ferguson also said that it was okay for the video to be shared to show the “legal community’s dedication to the cause of justice.”
You can watch the video clip by 394th Judicial District Court of Texas via YouTube: