Has Stephen Glass, the serial fabricator who disgraced the New Republic magazine and inspired an entertaining indie film, reformed sufficiently to be allowed to practice law? We don't profess to know the answer to that question, but if the state Supreme Court determines that he has mended his ways, it should allow him to hang up his shingle.
As anyone who has seen the movie "Shattered Glass" knows, Glass was a wunderkind in Washington journalism who in the 1990s produced stories that were too good to be true — literally. They included several pieces for the New Republic, most notoriously one about a church that worshiped George H.W. Bush, and a salacious profile of Washington super-lawyer Vernon Jordan that appeared in George magazine. Altogether Glass wrote 42 magazine articles that were wholly or partially fabricated. To allay suspicions about his work, he falsified notes and created a fake website and business cards. Eventually his deceptions were exposed.
Glass was never convicted of a crime and actually profited from his prevarication, earning $140,000 from a novel that fictionalized his fictionalizing activities. Forsaking journalism for the law, he graduated from the Georgetown Law Center, worked for two judges, passed the bar exam and applied for a California law license.