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'I'm here live, I'm not a cat!' Filter turns attorney into kitty in court

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 15:03:06-05

BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas — A Texas attorney experienced the nightmare we all fear during the age of non-stop Zoom meetings during the pandemic.

While appearing virtually before a judge in the 394th Judicial District Court in Texas, attorney Rod Ponton's camera was stuck on a cat filter.

After Judge Roy Ferguson gave Ponton a heads-up on the kitty caper, the attorney promised that he and his assistant were trying to rectify the problem.

"I'm here live," said Ponton. "I'm not a cat."

While Ponton was having his difficulties, the other participants on the call sat idly by before breaking into smiles.

Ponton asked if the proceedings could continue, despite his feline appearance.

The video ends before it's revealed whether the filter was removed, but Ferguson offered an important warning to anyone else who appears before his bench.

"If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off."