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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stephen Glass, Disgraced Journalist, Continues Fight to Practice Law in California

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass has hired a high-caliber Oakland lawyer in his effort to win the right to practice law in California.

Glass, who is notorious for having fabricated magazine articles in the 1990s, has hired Jon Eisenberg, known for successfully suing the U.S. government over warrantless wiretapping, according to The American Lawyer. Eisenberg also worked on the nationally publicized "right-to-die" case of Terri Schiavo, representing her husband.

The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether Glass has the moral fiber to be admitted to the state bar. Examiners rejected him for a law license after he passed the exam in 2007, but Glass challenged their decision and has won his appeal in two rounds of hearings at the state bar court.

At issue is a series of articles, parts or all of which were fabricated, that Glass wrote for The New Republic in the 1990s. The saga inspired the 2003 film Shattered Glass, and was described by writer Buzz Bissinger as "the most sustained fraud in the history of modern journalism."

Glass previously took the bar exam in New York, but withdrew his application and moved to California after bar examiners in that state expressed worries about his character, according to The American Lawyer.

Glass, 39, is arguing that he has rehabilitated himself since his fall from grace as a young journalist. He currently works as a clerk at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rawley in Beverly Hills.

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