Technology can be tough sometimes, huh? A lawyer in Texas who couldn’t figure out how to turn off a cat filter during a virtual hearing on Zoom had to learn the hard way. The results were hilarious.
If we were this lawyer’s client we would be shaking our heads. This is clearly ineffective council. Who knows what other mistakes this lawyer has made on behalf of his clients.
“I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”
What started as a relatively routine civil forfeiture hearing took a hilarious turn as Texas lawyer Rod Ponton arrived to the Zoom call with a cat filter. For about 30 seconds, Ponton hilariously struggled to remove the filter.
With other lawyers on screen holding back their laughter, 394th Judicial District Court Judge Roy Ferguson tried to walk Ponton through changing the filter. Ponton was still willing to proceed with the hearing disguised as a cat, which the judge should have 100% allowed.
Maybe this was all a legal ploy to get in the good graces of the judge? Maybe this lawyer isn’t a huge doofus after all?
Cat Filter Fail!
While the hearing went on as planned after Ponton was able to turn the filter off, the video went viral. It’s received millions of views online and has been the subject of countless jokes. Mr. Ponton, who does not use the Internet (clearly), had no idea he had become such a viral sensation for his tech mishap.
“If I can make the country chuckle for a moment in these difficult times they’re going through, I’m happy to let them do that at my expense,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. People did have quite a chuckle at Mr. Ponton’s expense. For at least a moment.
Unfortunately for those looking for a nice story to laugh at, news broke that Ponton might not be so funny. Turns out he has been accused of some non-technological wrongdoing. During his time as a District Attorney in Texas, it’s alleged that Ponton used his office to get revenge on a former lover.
Yes, that’s right. The lawyer who rose to Internet fame quickly got “milkshake ducked” and is in fact very likely bad. Maybe the Zoom mishap was some form of cosmic justice?
We thought for just a brief moment we could all unite as on Internet to laugh at this video. While it appears that maybe Mr. Ponton isn’t quite such an affable figure, we can’t help but smile at the memory of watching him fumble with his Zoom features.
No one can ever take away those brief moments of joy we all had. No one.