Comedy Break: At a Texas court hearing, a lawyer accidentally shows up with his Zoom filter set to “cat” mode

by Peter Heck · Feb 9th, 2021 6:49 pm

Last Updated Feb 11th, 2021 at 12:13 am

While it's difficult to see how this will be good for a law career, this may be one of the funniest videos to ever appear online.

A Texas attorney named Rod Ponton appeared before Judge Roy Ferguson for a virtual hearing in the 394th Judicial District Court. Other attorneys were present, but Ponton stood out as the only lawyer to appear before the court as a cat.

Someone, probably a child, had apparently been using Mr. Ponton's computer before his meeting and had turned on the Zoom filter settings. Filters cause your image to appear in a different form – sometimes with superimposed sunglasses, sometimes as a hippie…and sometimes as a different species.

Judge Ferguson let Mr. Ponton know that his filter settings were engaged, and the attorney responded by saying his assistant was with him and they were desperately attempting to figure out how to turn off the feature. Every time Ponton spoke, however, the on-screen feline's mouth and eyes moved, making it all the more humorous.

At one point, Ponton reassures everyone at the hearing, "I'm here live. I'm not a cat."

Later, Judge Ferguson uploaded the hilarious scene to social media along with a warning:

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


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