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Lawyer trapped in cat filter on Zoom hearing tells judge he is not a cat

The coronavirus pandemic is responsible for several video call fails and one such incident from this week has gone viral.

A Texas lawyer Rod Ponton was left flummoxed when he discovered his face was appearing as a cat during a court session on Zoom.

As his assistant tried to rectify the issue, he can be heard saying, “I’m here live, I’m not a cat.”




The filter, which displayed a kitten instead of Ponton’s face, was able to capture the lawyer’s horror and confusion, its eyes flitting across the screen as Ponton scrambled to remove it.

“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,” Ponton said in an interview later.

Tweeting about the incident, Judge Roy Ferguson, who presided over the session, said it showed “the legal community’s effort to continue representing their clients in these challenging times”.



“If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the ‘Zoom video options’ to be sure filters are off,” Ferguson wrote.

“These fun moments are a by-product of the legal profession’s dedication to ensuring that the justice system continues to function in these tough times. Everyone involved handled it with dignity, and the filtered lawyer showed incredible grace. True professionalism all around!”