News of the weird, or sign of things to come? Kevin Poulsen at 27B Stroke 6 (WIRED newsblog) is reporting that the 9th Circuit has held that the web-based expert system Ziinet (now offline) has been practicing law without a license.
The case evolved from errors in a bankruptcy filing which a defendant claimed were made by his "legal counsel" - Ziinet. Henry Ihejirika, owner of the website, was convicted of fraud and practicing law with a license, a verdict now upheld.
According to Poulsen, "Ihejirika had a human lawyer for his defense."