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."
Broken Glass in Cal. Supreme
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.
* 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.