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"There's no point in making a mistake unless you understand the mistake so that you donít make it again."
- Alfred Bester

Law Clerk Robot  
  A robotic lawyer.  

Just a brief mention, but its an early look at this idea.

The law clerk arrived, a smallish robot with a battered stainless steel hide and dull coppery features. Elon took the robot aside for a terse conversation before he came back to Morey.

"As I thought," he said in satisfaction. "No precedent. No laws prohibiting. Therefore no crime."

From The Midas Plague, by Frederik Pohl.
Published by Galaxy in 1954
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See also the robot judge from Harry Harrison's excellent 1959 short story Robot Justice, lawyer programs from David Brin's 1990 novel Earth and LEX from Greg Egan's 1991 short story The Moat.

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