A bookmark for retainer

This is billed as “The World’s First Robot Lawyer”:

And here’s the guy who came up with the idea:

How this came about, by Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds:

A lawyerbot called Do Not Pay helps people contest parking tickets. In London and New York, it helped people overturn 160,000 tickets in its first 21 months. Its creator, 19-year-old London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder observed: “I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society. These people aren’t looking to break the law. I think they’re being exploited as a revenue source by the local government.”

There’s not much doubt about that. Local governments pretend it’s about safety, but use traffic fines for revenue. Those fines fall hardest on poor people, for whom a $150 fine is a financial disaster and for whom an appearance in court is frightening and awkward. Often, a few citations, with interest and penalties accruing, can be the beginning of a downward spiral leading to bankruptcy or jail.

This, of course, validates the observation by Derek Bok:

“There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.”

Amen to that.

(Via Bayou Renaissance Man.)


  1. McG »

    10 August 2017 · 12:02 am

    No. There is too much law, period — serving to make the phrase “law and order” oxymoronic.

    And don’t even ask about justice.

  2. Holly H »

    10 August 2017 · 9:21 am

    Maybe it should say “There is far too much justice for those who already have it, and far too little for those who need it”.

  3. McG »

    10 August 2017 · 10:40 am

    I like that, except for one quibble: if there’s “too much” justice, it ceases to be justice. It only exists — if it does — in precisely the right amount.

  4. Roger O Green »

    10 August 2017 · 10:45 am

    Well, I LOVE this guy.

  5. Holly H »

    11 August 2017 · 9:11 am

    Me too! Will definitely bookmark him.

  6. Holly H »

    11 August 2017 · 9:12 am

    Plus, it’s kind of a wicked pleasure to realize that lawyers are going to automated out of job, just like the rest of us.

  7. Holly H »

    11 August 2017 · 9:13 am

    oops sorry for the typo

  8. CGHill »

    11 August 2017 · 11:21 pm

    If you look below the Submit button, you can see your actual text, for certain values of “actual,” appear automagically.

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