The disgraced journalist Stephen Glass is fighting the California bar for his law licence more than a decade after his steep fall from grace at The New Republic.A judge has already ruled that Glass, who invented part or all of 42 articles back in the 1990s, can practice law in the Golden State, the Los Angeles Times’ Maura Dolan wrote in a profile last week.
But the California bar is asking the state’s highest court to keep the now-39-year-old out of the profession, telling the court that he’s a “pervasive and documented liar” who “tainted” the world of journalism.
Perhaps Glass’s most devious lies involved a profile of Vernon Jordan, a friend of Bill Clinton’s, whom he portrayed in an article as a smarmy and foolish womanizer, the LA Times reported.
After his fabrications got him axed from The New Republic, Glass enrolled in Georgetown Law and underwent psychoanalysis.
He eventually moved to California, where he lives with his girlfriend and his beagle, the LA Times reported. His experiences inspired the movie “Shattered Glass.”
Now the California Supreme Court must decide whether he’s reformed enough to use his Georgetown Law degree to practice at a modest personal injury firm.
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