At Last Something to Smile About! Lawyer Fails to Remove Cat Filter in Zoom Court Hearing (Video)

The past few months have been hard on all of us. In the midst of all the madness, we still have to get up and go to work every day. That’s why we thought we’d share this hilarious story. After all, we could all use a smile right now. One lawyer from Texas recently had the most hilarious gaffe and we cannot stop laughing.

“Lawyer Rod Ponton showed up to virtual court in the 394th district of Texas with a kitten filter turned on…

Reached by phone by Motherboard, Ponton said he was unaware that the court had posted this video and was concerned it had his name on it.

“Oh, that was just a mistake by my secretary,” he said. “I was using her computer and for some reason, she had that filter on. I took it off and replaced it with my face. It was a case involving a man trying to exit the United States with contraband and contraband cash. All it was was a mistake. It was taken off and we had the hearing as normal,” VICE reports.

The judge is the one who shared the video and they are apparently responsible for tweeting it out to the general public. “IMPORTANT ZOOM TIP: If a child used your computer before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off. This kitten just made a formal announcement on a case in the 394th (sound on).

These fun moments are a by-product of the legal profession’s dedication to ensuring that the justice system continues to function in these tough times. Everyone involved handled it with dignity, and the filtered lawyer showed incredible grace. True professionalism all around!,” Judge Roy Ferguson tweeted.

The clip is a great watch. Ponton asked the judge if he could hear him and the man’s mouth moved in sync with the cat. Once he realized the mistake, his assistant set about the task of removing it. “I’m prepared to go forward with it,” the lawyer said. “I’m here live…I’m not a cat,” he continued. The judge seemed to have a good sense of humor about the whole thing.

This is the sort of video that needs to be watched more than once. The best part, for us, was when the attorney in the top right corner who had been sitting there with a stoic expression finally broke out a smile. We can’t think of a video that more perfectly captures the current zeitgeist. Everyone is trying to do the best they can with the tools that they have at their disposal.

Sometimes, things do not go in the way that we planned and we have to roll with the punches. This video is emblematic of the current times in that way. There has to be a number of ad agencies that are frustrated with their inability to capitalize. This definitely should have been an ad that we saw during the Super Bowl this past Sunday.

At least everyone involved seems to have a good sense of humor about the whole thing. The lawyer did not do anything wrong and there’s no reason why anyone needs to lose their composure here. We can’t begin to imagine the level of embarrassment that this lawyer must have felt at the moment. It’s like the dream where you’re not prepared for a school presentation multiplied by a thousand.

This lawyer needs to roll with this mistake and start incorporating cat-based advertising into his marketing plans. If we were him, we would put a cat on our business cards and have fun with the whole thing. We are sure that he is not the first one to make a mistake of this nature since the pandemic began. We are just glad that the wheels of justice have continued to turn, even as the world continues to crumble around us each day.