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Trump’s Former Attorney, Michael Cohen, Used Google Bard in Attempt to Shorten Probation

Trump’s Former Attorney, Michael Cohen, Used Google Bard in Attempt to Shorten Probation

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Researcher
 Published on January 2nd, 2024

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to Donald Trump, used the AI chatbot Google Bard to create fraudulent case citations. This maneuver was done in an attempt to end his probationary period related to tax evasion and campaign finance violations charges he pleaded guilty to in 2018.

The false references were included in a motion filed by one of Cohen’s lawyers, David Schwartz. In short, the authenticity of the submitted citations wasn’t verified before filing.

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Cohen’s calculated gamble didn’t pay off; US District Judge Jesse Furman flagged this misuse of law citation while examining the motion.

When questioned, Cohen voiced his limited understanding of the functioning capabilities of AI software like Google Bard. Such claims often accompany instances where people are caught leveraging technology unethically or illegally — generally due to insufficient knowledge.

Interestingly enough, two more New York-based lawyers have reportedly faced penalties recently for similar fraudulent means—specifically indulging in generating briefs supported by fictitious case cites via ChatGPT, which is another sophisticated language generation tool based on artificial intelligence.

Such unscrupulous endeavors mar the burgeoning strides of AI in modern legal progress.

"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional
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