Stephen Glass found unfit to practice law in California

January 28, 2014
Stephen Glass

Stephen Glass

Former journalist Stephen Glass, who fabricated magazine articles for the New Republic and others in the 1990s, lost his bid to become a lawyer in California. [Washington Post]

Less than a month after admitting an illegal immigrant to the California bar, the state Supreme Court refused to issue Glass a law license. The Supreme Court ruled against Glass Monday, citing character issues and demonstrated lack of rehabilitation as cause for denial.

“Glass’s journalistic dishonesty was not a single lapse of judgment, which we have sometimes excused, but involved significant deceit sustained unremittingly for a period of years,” the ruling stated. “Glass’s deceit also was motivated by professional ambition, betrayed a vicious, mean spirit and a complete lack of compassion for others, along arrogance and prejudice against various ethnic groups.”

After New Republic editor Charles Lane fired Glass for fabricating material in dozens of articles between 1996 and 1998, the disgraced journalist earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He attempted to gain admission to the New York bar, but was rejected after a character review in 2004.

He applied for admission to the California bar in 2007.

 


11 Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    They made an excellent movie about Steve Glass and his time at the New Republic. Some of his ‘make believe’ stories that they released as factual were rather funny. There was no indication of any of the racist tones that are mentioned by the court today but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    The movie is called “Shattered Glass”. I really enjoyed it and was surprised that he had got away with all this as long as he did. He had a great imagination and really did mess with some people in an amusing sort of way in my opinion.

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  2. October says:

    “Glass’s deceit also was motivated by professional ambition, betrayed a vicious, mean spirit and a complete lack of compassion for others, along arrogance and prejudice against various ethnic groups.”

    Sounds to me like he definitely qualifies to be a lawyer.

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  4. Jorge Estrada says:

    A journalist with the last name “Glass” and has a reputation for crudely throwing stones, you got to be kidding me? I hope he wears safety glasses.

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  5. NorthCountyGuy says:

    If he changes his status from Citizen to Illegal Alien, he will get a license to defraud the public for sure.

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  6. isoslo says:

    If he changes his last name to a more Hispanic tone he should get his license immediately

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  7. LameCommenter says:

    Just another example that the top officials in California are impossibly extreme liberals (admitting a person who lives here illegally), that the once-great state is a mess, and that the inmates are running the asylum here. Good article that makes me ask “when does someone deserve a new chance after time has long passed?”

    Further, if living illegally in a country and consuming a spot in it’s educational system (like the illegal the court admitted) is not moral turpitude, how can faking facts and pronouncements (as our President does frequently) be exclusion to a California law license ?

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  8. SLOTECH90 says:

    “significant deceit sustained unremittingly for a period of years,” Does this apply to anyone
    we know on the Board of Sups. whose initials are Adam Hill?

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