Stephen Glass, a former journalist who became infamous for fabricating magazine articles, may not practice law in California because he has failed to show sufficient rehabilitation, the state's high court decided Monday.
In a unanimous, unsigned ruling, the California Supreme Court said Glass had demonstrated a pattern of deceit for which he has not adequately atoned.
Glass has failed to "establish that he engaged in truly exemplary conduct over an extended period," the court said. "We conclude that on this record he has not sustained his heavy burden of demonstrating rehabilitation and fitness for the practice of law."
Glass, 41, was in his 20s when he fabricated 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines before being caught in 1998. A movie, Shattered Glass, was made about his exploits, and he wrote a novel based on them.
Glass obtained a law degree from Georgetown Law School and passed the Bar examinations in New York and California, but questions about his moral character have prevented him from being licensed.
He works as a paralegal for a Los Angeles law firm. His lawyer said he respects the decision.