NICK EICHER, HOST: The very life of a Texas lawyer had to have flashed before him when he realized what he’d done.
Good thing he appeared to be a kitten so he’d have eight more lives to live.
Surely you saw this one.
It was a routine civil forfeiture hearing via Zoom that turned into a hilarious viral video now seen by millions.
Rod Ponton maintains his appearance was normal on the webcam as he waited to be let into the hearing—Judge Roy Ferguson presiding.
But when the hearing began, the judge pointed out, uhh, counselor, check your settings.
FERGUSON: Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings.
Right, a kitten filter. This sober court hearing via webcam, complete with a lawyer who has white fur and blue eyes, and the cutest whiskers. I imagine it was as adorable to viral viewers as it had to have been horrifying to the lawyer.
PONTON: I don’t know how to remove it. I’ve got my assistant here. She’s trying to, but I’m prepared to go forward with it. I’m here live. I’m not a cat.
FERGUSON: I can see that. I think if you click the up arrow …
’samatter? Cat got your tongue?
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