Story of cat called for jury duty has nine lives

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By Jessica Duncan
Globe Correspondent / January 19, 2011

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The story of the cat who got called to Suffolk County jury duty just won't go away, says a court official. You might say it has nine lives.

"Sal Esposito," the cat belonging to two East Boston residents, was mistakenly called for jury duty in December 2009 because his owners had listed him as a family member on a city census, said Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood. He was set to appear in March 2010. The error, she says, was quickly corrected.

The story of Sal first appeared about a year ago. But lately, there has been a resurgence in interest, said Wood. She said she had received a wide range of media calls, including queries from Fox News and Today Show on NBC. An Internet search shows a number of recent mentions on the Web.

Wood says it's possible one outlet began the recent stampede when it found the year-old article and mistook January 2010 for January 2011.

“It’s a cute story, the image of a cat appearing for jury duty,” she said. “It’s a cute little human interest story.”

Owners Anna and Guy Esposito didn't return messages seeking comment on the renewed fame of their cat.