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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

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A robot lawyer.

The technology, which is available to consumers via the smartphone application DoNotPay, has reportedly been programmed to listen to arguments during a court hearing and formulate responses in real time for a defendant.

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It looks like AI startup DoNotPay's "robot lawyer" — specifically, an AI-powered earpiece designed to coach defendants through court hearings about things like parking tickets and bill negotiations — won't be taking the floor next month after all.

In a major twist, company CEO Joshua Browder has now announced that the case has been pushed back, alleging that prosecutors threatened him with jail time should he bring his robolawyer to a physical court.

"Good morning!" he tweeted earlier this morning. "Bad news: after receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."

"DoNotPay," he continued, "is postponing our court case."

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