The gate clone had already committed the crime before being cloned, right? So there's no ethical dilema there, just a potential legal loophole.
As for Ventura, she's just too close to their insides, so she thinks of them as being "Ones and Zeroes", whether they are or not. And anyways, Ventura was drafted into this merry band because
she is so effective at treating AIs
in a pragmatic, non-human way. After all, like you said, Kevyn is also capable of making and poking around at very good AIs
, but he
treats them as people. Ventura treats them as dirt and can get away with it, so they're so scared of her they'll do anything she says. Ventura isn't "better" at robots than Kevyn; none of Kevyn's robots have developed the dangerous superiority complexes or reckless non-team-playerness of Lota, who shuns puny pronouns and feels it doesn't have to run its plans past ANYONE as the default rather than only in emergencies. And Kevyn's were all put in much headier and more powerful positions; if a robot built for moving freight let its "power" get to its head like that, imagine if she'd built something to control a heavily-armed spaceship.
It's kinda odd, when you think about it—we really should hate Ventura's guts for how she treats the robots, regardless of anything else, but it barely even crossed my mind at any point, instead focusing entirely on her personality when dealing with other people.