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‘I’m Not a Cat,’ Says Lawyer Having Zoom Difficulties

In the interview, Mr. Ponton, who was representing the State of Texas in the case, said that he was using his secretary’s computer and that she was “mortified” by the mistake.

He isn’t on Twitter, and didn’t know he had become an international phenomenon until he started getting calls from reporters barely more than an hour after the hearing ended, he said. The video was on the court’s YouTube page, and Judge Ferguson himself tweeted out a link.

All in all, the episode took less than a minute before he figured out how to turn the filter off, and they returned to business as usual.

“My older and less humorous face popped up, and we continued with the hearing,” he said.

This isn’t Mr. Ponton’s first brush with fame. He appeared in the final episode of the Netflix series, “The Confession Killer,” in 2019, about the convicted killer Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to more than 600 murders in the 1980s, according to The Big Bend SentinelMr. Ponton had represented Mr. Lucas in a murder trial in El Paso, Texas, in 1986 and described the accused as “the guy telling the big lie, sort of winking at everybody. He turned into a quote unquote evil celebrity.” As it went, law officials from around the country had gone to Texas to pin hundreds of unsolved cases on Mr. Lucas, who later recanted many of his earlier confessions.

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