Stephen Glass: a right to practice law?

Jack Shafer sums up the arguments raised in the ongoing litigation about whether the serial New Republic fabulist should be admitted to the California bar. [Reuters]


  • Glass should simply argue he is a pathological liar, get a psychologist to certify the diagnosis, and then the bar would be forced to admit him under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Problem solved.

  • Back in 1998, the Illinois bar refused to grant Matthew Hale a law license, based on the fact that he was a white supremacist. In 2005, he was sent to prison for soliciting someone to kill a judge. You could say they made the right call in that case, or alternately you could also say that if had been allowed to pursue his career as a lawyer, he wouldn’t have taken a turn for the criminal. There are a lot of possibilities here.

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