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Broken Glass in Cal. Supreme

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Yesterday and today, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the first time in the newly restored Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building in Sacramento.*  Howard Mintz reports  for the San Jose Mercury News on a bar admission case with a notorious background.

Disgraced journalist Stephen Glass may have to choose a vocation other than the law to complete his road to redemption.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday showed no signs of sympathy regarding Glass' bid for a license to practice law, hammering his journalistic past and suggesting his infamous history of fabricating dozens of magazine stories and public lies disqualifies him from joining the profession.

During an hour of arguments in Sacramento, all seven justices were skeptical of Glass' position that he is not the same person who tarnished the journalism world 15 years ago.

"Here is my problem," Justice Carol Corrigan told Jon Eisenberg, Glass' lawyer. "They say character is what you do when no one is looking. Mr. Glass' history ... when no one is looking has been pretty abysmal."

Added Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar: "Being admitted to practice law is a privilege. Our task is to certify that his moral character is such today that he can with integrity be a member of the bar."

*  This should be the state high court's full-time headquarters, and the state should sell that very valuable piece of real estate in San Francisco.  But that's another story.

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I cannot agree. I think Mr. Glass has proven that he's ideally qualified for a certain long-accepted segment of the profession where weaving yarns is the main deal.

I'm being only half facetious here. Being misleading is not exactly frowned upon in the legal profession. Indeed, so long as the lawyer is not engaged in outright lying, the principal function of defense lawyering is to toss up enough dust to get an acquittal for the client, even when -- as is almost always the case -- he is factually guilty.

How does Mr. Glass become an undesirable merely because he did for a living what thousands of fully licensed lawyers do all the time? Isn't it a little late in the day for the profession to become so pristine about truthfulness, when evading the truth is, not merely accepted, but honored as the Zealous Representation of The Downtrodden?

| Added [Cal. Sup. Crt.] Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar: "Being admitted to practice law is a privilege. Our task is to certify that his moral character is such today that he can with integrity be a member of the bar." |
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(Reuters Oct 5, 2013 Noreen O'Donnell) - | Illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law in California .. [as] signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday. The California Supreme Court .. is now [so] authorized…|

How can moral jurisprudence be practiced in such a hypocritical
environment?
The stark duplicity reminds one of Pilate’s “I .. have found no fault in this man,”
prior to sentencing the Creator to be Crucified.
http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/10/california-illegal-immigrant-lawyer-measure-goes-too-far.html/?nclick_check=1


~Adamakis

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