Michael Cohen caught using AI-generated case citations in motions to shorten probation period

 December 30, 2023

Former President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen found himself in another embarrassing predicament last week. 

According to The Hill, in a motion to cut his probation short, Cohen filed several motions that contained fake case citations, which were determined to have been generated by Google Bard, an AI program.

The embarrassing situation is one in a series of similar legal debacles that have included false citations or legal language generated by Artificial Intelligence applications like Google Bard and ChatGPT.

Cohen immediately blamed both the technology and his lawyer for the predicatment.

What did he say?

Not surprisingly, Cohen refused to take any accountability for the humiliating predicament. Instead, he blamed everything and everyone but himself.

The Hill noted:

Cohen wrote in a sworn declaration unsealed Friday that he has not kept up with “emerging trends (and related risks)” in legal technology and was not aware that Google Bard was a generative text service that, like Chat-GPT, could create citations and descriptions that “looked real but actually were not.” He instead believed the service to be a “supercharged search engine.”

Adding to the ridiculousness, Cohen then blamed his attorney, David Schwartz, for not properly "vetting" the information, as he would expect a good lawyer to do.

"It did not occur to me then and remains surprising to me now—that Mr. Schwartz would drop the cases into his submission wholesale without even confirming that they existed," Cohen wrote in a now-unsealed affidavit.

The judge didn't take kindly to either Cohen or his lawyer and demanded that the lawyer provide proof that the citations were authentic or face possible sanctions.

Cohen, after throwing his attorney under the bus, then decided to defend him, calling the situation an "honest mistake."

Social media responds

It didn't take long for social media users to torch Cohen for seemingly trying to slip fake case citations through in such a critical motion.

"He's one of the biggest sacks of garbage in America," JD Sharp wrote.

Another X user wrote, "His parole ought to be revoked."

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