Suffolk Superior Crown Court, Boston, United States: Only in America, the land of the free and the brave, would a Tabby Cat be been summoned to do jury service.
In compliance with the US judicial system website, jurors are "not expected to speak PURRfect English", so the Tabby Cat who has been summoned to do jury service, even after his owners told the court he was "unable to speak and understand English" will be PURRfect! (Too much?)
The Jury Commissioner has ordered that the Tabby Cat, named Tabby Sal, "must attend" Suffolk Superior Crown Court, Boston, United States on 23rd March 2011. This edict has come about even though Tabby Sal's owner Anna Esposito, wrote to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, US, to explain that this must be a mistake.
Tabby Sal's owner Anna Esposito has even tried to secure a reprieve for the Jury Service, by obtaining a letter from her Vet confirming that the cat was "a domestic short-haired neutered feline". However, the Suffolk Superior Crown Court Jury Commissioner is having none of it, Tabby Sal, "must attend", Boston, United States on 23rd March 2011.
Tabby Sal had been entered by Mrs Esposito under the 'Pets' section of the last census. Anna Esposito makes the point;
- "Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up."
"When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What's he supposed to say - miaow?"