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In re Glass

Supreme Court of California
316 P.3d 1199 (2014)


Stephen Randall Glass (plaintiff) worked as a journalist for a well-known magazine while attending law school at night. Glass attained notoriety when it came to light that he had concocted key facts and falsified sources in a number of published articles. When confronted with accusations of dishonesty, Glass undertook elaborate efforts to cover his tracks. In the midst of the ensuing controversy, Glass applied for licensure with the state bar of New York, but did not accurately disclose the full extent of his journalistic misconduct or his efforts to hinder discovery of his falsehoods. Glass withdrew his New York bar application after being informed that he would not pass moral character review. Several years later, while working as a law clerk, Glass applied for bar licensure in California. During California’s moral character review, Glass revealed omissions in his New York bar application and fabrications in other published articles that he had not previously identified. Glass’s application for professional licensure came before the Supreme Court of California.

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