Sal Esposito Would Be The 'Purrfect' Juror

Sal Esposito of Boston has been summoned for jury duty — even though Sal is a cat. Anna Esposito sent back the form — checking off one official disqualification: Sal can't speak English. She also sent a note from the vet. But she couldn't get the summons scratched. Sal is still expected to appear for jury duty in March.

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Sal Esposito of Boston was summoned for jury duty last week, even though Sal is a cat. Sal's owner Anna Esposito sent back the form, checking off one official disqualification: Sal can't speak English. She also sent a note from the vet. As she told local news, when they ask him guilty or not guilty, what's he supposed to say? Meow? But she couldn't get the summons scratched. Sal is still expected to appear for jury duty in March.

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Correction Feb. 1, 2011

NPR incorrectly reported that a cat in Boston was recently summoned for jury duty. The story was in fact one year old. And the cat was scratched from the jury pool.

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