Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sal the Cat, Juror? Or Voter??

An intriguing story from Boston.

A cat in Boston has been called to jury duty even though his owner has insisted to court officials that the cat cannot speak English.

...The Espositos believe Sal may have been mistakenly listed after they named him on a recent U.S. census in a question about pet ownership.

According to the Massachusetts Judicial Branch, "prospective jurors are selected randomly by computer from a Master Juror List … using street lists submitted annually by each city and town."

First of all, most juries are drawn from lists of registered voters.

Secondly, although they may actually have such, a quick perusal of the Census Bureau's pages does not show a "pets owned" listing--at least on the "Community Survey" page.

HT: MoonBattery

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