Fugees rapper, Pras Michel, convicted of various charges including conspiracy and serving as an unregistered agent of a foreign power, faces up to 20 years in prison according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Following his conviction, Michel has retained new attorneys from ArentFox Schiff to demand a retrial.
A recently filed brief by Michel’s new legal team claims that his former attorney, David Kenner, utilized an experimental AI program, EyeLevel.AI, to craft the closing argument for Michel’s trial. The brief suggests that Kenner had an undisclosed financial stake in the AI program. The argument created by the program was described as “frivolous” and “damaging to the defense”.
Surprisingly, Kenner allegedly boasted about the AI’s efficiency to Michel after his conviction, noting the technology’s ability to drastically reduce legal work time.
EyeLevel.AI openly acknowledged its role in Michel’s trial with a press release in May, stating it marked the “first use of generative AI in a federal trial.” The release also featured Kenner’s endorsement of the software.
The core contention from Michel’s new legal team is that Kenner didn’t just use an AI for its efficiency, but potentially for personal financial gain.
A date for Michel’s sentencing remains unscheduled.