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No law license for ex-writer, fabricator Stephen Glass

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Stephen GlassFormer writer Stephen Glass, who was fired by The New Republic for fabricating dozens of magazine articles, was denied a law license Monday by the California Supreme Court.

The court ruled Monday that the 41-year-old Glass -- who was the subject of the film Shattered Glass -- cannot practice law in California because evidence he offered as proof of redemption and rehabilitation fell short.

The state had argued that Glass was a "serial liar" for fabricating some 42 stories in publications like The New Republic and Rolling Stone. Glass, then in his 20s, had even gone so far as to create phony business cards and phone numbers to cover his tracks.

The court was harsh in its assessment of Glass and skeptical about his claims of rehabilitation.

"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 court said in its decision. "Glass's deceit also was motivated by professional ambition, betrayed a vicious, mean spirit and a complete lack of compassion for others, along with arrogance and prejudice against various ethnic groups. In all these respects, his misconduct bore directly on his character in matters that are critical to the practice of law."


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