Michael Cohen’s Use of A.I.-Generated Fake Cases to Seek Removal from Court Supervision

Michael D. Cohen, the former fixer for Donald J. Trump, admitted to providing his attorney with fake legal citations generated by Google Bard. The citations were included in a motion submitted to federal judge Jesse M. Furman, in which Cohen requested an early end to the court’s supervision of his case. Cohen, who was convicted of campaign finance violations before being disbarred, said he was unaware that Google Bard was an AI service capable of producing fake citations. Cohen’s lawyer, David M. Schwartz, admitted to using the three false citations and apologized for not verifying their authenticity. The mishap could have significant implications for a Manhattan criminal case against Trump in which Cohen is expected to be the star witness. Trump’s lawyers have long criticized Cohen as untrustworthy, and they are now using this as a prime example. The fictitious cases, including descriptions supposedly affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, were exposed as fabrications by Judge Furman, raising questions about the competence of Cohen’s legal representatives. Cohen maintains that he did not engage in any misconduct. The prosecution may argue that Cohen’s actions were a result of his misunderstanding of new technology rather than an attempt to defraud the court. It is still unclear how the falsified citations will impact the upcoming Manhattan trial.

News

Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

Read More
News

Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

Read More
News

Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

Read More