Court To Consider Law License For Disgraced Jounalist

The California Supreme Court will decide whether Stephen Glass can practice law

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This May 7, 2003 file video frame grab released by CBS' "60 Minutes" shows Stephen Glass, former writer for The New Republic in New York.

Disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass will head to the California Supreme Court on Wednesday for the latest chapter of his six-year battle to practice law.

Glass, who rocked the journalism world when he fabricated parts of at least 42 magazine articles during the 1990s and was the subject of the critically-acclaimed movie Shatterd Glass, has been fighting with California State Bar officials over whether he can get a law license. Glass, now 41, passed the California bar exam in 2007 but was rejected on moral grounds by a State Bar admission committee in 2009. A State Bar Court judge later overturned that decision, and another court voted to admit him in 2011. An appeal of that decision is now before the state’s high court.

Jon Eisenberg, Glass’ attorney, argues that his client has undergone 10 years of therapy and is fit to practice law, the Associated Press reports.

Glass was exiled from the journalism world in 1998 after revelations that large portions of his work had been made-up. He concealed his fabrications by creating fake business cards and a website as well as enlisting his brother to pose as a source when editors began questioning his work. He later graduated from Georgetown Law, moved to Los Angeles, and has been working as a law clerk.

After hearing arguments, the state Supreme Court will have up to 90 days to decide the case.