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In one of the cutest and most hilarious encounters, a UK attorney has on Tuesday, accidentally joined a video conference of a civil forfeiture court hearing, while accidentally turning on a Zoom filter that made him appear like a fluffy white kitten.

The viral video of this mishap, which now has the internet in splits, relates to the Zoom hearing in 394th Judicial District Court, Texas. When the session began, the judge Roy Ferguson happened to notice advocate Rod Ponton with a ‘cat-face’ due to the Zoom filter settings.

On the other hand, without losing his composure, the judge told in a notable tone “Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings. You might want to remove it.”

Soon, Attorney Rod Ponton, with a worried tone, replied “I’m trying to. Can you hear me judge?”

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat,” Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton said.

Later, the judge took to Twitter and stated “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!”

Meanwhile, in an interview, Attorney Rod Ponton said he has fielded calls from around the world and has been booked for national television.

“I always wanted to be famous for being a great lawyer. Now I’m famous for appearing in court as a cat,” he told the sources.


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