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A cat in the jury

Bizarre it may seem, but a cat has been ordered by a US court to do jury service. And, this is even after the feline’s owners, told the Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston that the pet, named Tabby Sal, was “unable to speak and understand English”.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2011 23:30 IST

Bizarre it may seem, but a cat has been ordered by a US court to do jury service.

And, this is even after the feline’s owners, told the Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston that the pet, named Tabby Sal, was “unable to speak and understand English”.

The cat’s owners, Anna and Guy Esposito, wrote to the court to explain that a mistake had been made, but a jury commissioner replied saying the feline “must attend” on March 23, The Daily Telegraph online reported.

The Espositos had included a letter from their vet confirming that the cat was “a domestic short-haired neutered feline”.

Tabby Sal had been entered by Esposito under the “pets” section of the last census.

“When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What’s he supposed to say — miaow?” Anna said.