Ladies and Gents--Introducing our cat, Rascal.  Named as such, BTW, because his hair as a kitten stood up in front just like Gary Levox from Rascal Flatts.  But I digress...

 Rascal is a little bit on the ornery side, to say the least.  It's a cat you just can't pat (thank you, Dr. Seuss!)  I always feel like he's judging me when I come into the room.  And If I was on trial,  I would NEVER want him in the jury box.

And neither would Ann and Guy Esposito of Massachussetts.  But they may have had no choice!    Cuz Sal, their family cat was summoned for jury duty.   The key word here is FAMILY.   Ann and Guy consider the cat a family member, and thus listed him on the 2010 Census form!!! 

According to the NY Daily News article :

Anna filed to have her pet disqualified from the service requirement on the grounds he is "unable to speak and understand English." She even included a letter from her vet explaining that Sal is not a human being but a "domestic short-haired neutered feline.

The court rejected the request, and as things stand, Sal will have to report for duty to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston on March 23.

Is that amazing or what?  I tell you, if my cat (above) was the juror and I was the defendant, I would be in the dog house.  This feline would make me a felon, no matter WHAT I did wrong.   Are you kidding?  Even if I walk by the kitchen counter in the morning,  he swats me , as if to say, "get me food now, radio boy!!)  

Yes, he's a member of our family, and we tolerate each other, but if I'm ever arrested for something, I'm asking for a change of venue FAST.    Dirty little Rascal!!!