In another embarrassing moment for the repeatedly disgraced Michael Cohen, it has been revealed that he as the star witness in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump, confessed to using artificial intelligence (AI) to write his legal briefs and cite non-existent court cases. This revelation came in response to a show cause order issued by United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York.
Judge Furman had ordered Cohen’s attorneys to provide copies of the decisions or explain the absence of these cited cases. It was discovered that none of the cases referenced by Cohen in his motions actually existed, prompting Furman to seek clarification on this matter. Further investigation revealed that Cohen had utilized Google Bard, a form of AI, to generate his legal arguments and sources for the cases cited in his briefs.
In a declaration filed by Cohen’s attorneys, he admitted to misleading his own lawyer about the source of the cases, stating that he was unaware that Google Bard was a generative text service capable of providing citations and descriptions that appeared genuine but were, in fact, fabricated. Cohen, who was disbarred following his 36-month sentence on tax evasion charges in December 2018, now faces further scrutiny for his deceptive use of AI in legal proceedings.
Cohen’s participation as a star witness in the case against Trump centers around a grand jury indictment issued by Alvin Bragg. The indictment, which stemmed from a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, has been a contentious legal battle that has garnered significant attention. Bragg has yet to respond to requests for comment on the recent revelations.
The implications of Cohen’s actions raise serious concerns about the ethics and integrity of legal proceedings, particularly when it comes to the use of AI technology. The fabrication of legal citations and briefs undermines the credibility of the prosecution and calls into question the reliability of evidence presented in court. Critics argue that this casts doubt on the entire case against Trump and raises concerns about the potential manipulation of the justice system for political gain.
As this story unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the need for transparency and accountability in all aspects of the legal process. The use of AI in legal proceedings must be closely monitored to prevent the misuse and distortion of information. The consequences of Cohen’s actions may have far-reaching implications not only for this particular case but also for the broader legal landscape.
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