‘I’m Not A Cat’: Lawyer Can’t Control The Kitten Filter

‘I’m Not A Cat’: Lawyer Can’t Control The Kitten Filter February 10, 2021


Most of us have some experience of struggling with technology. I’ve co-hosted podcasts, shows on YouTube, and watched professionals try to set up a smart house. And it’s my experience people much smarter than I am were defeated by tech.

This story is a true tale about one who epically failed. It’s a story of a lawyer and a kitten filter he just can’t shut off.

NBC News reported the strange incident with this article, ‘I’m not a cat’: Video shows lawyer can’t turn off kitten filter during Zoom court appearance.

A virtual courtroom hearing came to an abrupt paws in southwest Texas on Tuesday when an attorney inadvertently appeared on screen as a computer-filter-generated cat.

The mundane civil forfeiture hearing took a hilarious turn when Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton arrived in Zoom court in the form of a fluffy white and brown kitten.

For about 30 somewhat awkward, but mostly funny seconds, Ponton struggled to remove the filter.

You’re probably asking yourself, Sure, that sounds funny, but is there a video?

Yes! Yes, there is.


Here is a link to the video on YouTube.

The story continues.

With other lawyers on screen wryly smiling, 394th Judicial District Court Judge Roy Ferguson tried to walk Ponton through keystrokes. Ponton said he was ready to proceed even in his feline form.

“I’m prepared to go forward with it. I’m here live, I’m not a cat,” Ponton said.

Ferguson had a laugh over the kitten court catastrophe and praised all lawyers involved.

In Ponton’s defense, he was using his secretary’s computer. He stated his office was in the midst of a move.

The judge offered this advice and made this observation

“If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off,” Ferguson tweeted. “This kitten just made a formal announcement on a case in the 394th.”

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