Wednesday, November 6, 2013

California Supreme Court oral argument on Stephen Glass admission petition case

Earlier today, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the petition for admission of Stephen Glass. The video appears below.

Stephen Glass was once thought of as one of “the most sought-after young reporter in the nation’s capital.” He was later exposed for having falsified many of the stories he wrote for important national magazines including some he wrote while attending law school. See my original comment on the case here.

Glass graduated and passed the bar exam in California but was denied admission. His application in California was denied by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE).This decision, however, was overruled by both a State Bar Court hearing judge and a split review panel. The CBE appealed the decision and the California Supreme Court granted review.

The argument of the CBE is essentially that Glass' conduct shows disregard for honesty and trust and that he “has not established the requisite showing of rehabilitation." There is a lot of information on this case out there. If you want to read more before watching the oral argument, take a look at my previous posts where I wrote on the case and provided links to many comments about it here, here and here.

Here is the video of the oral argument. It is about an hour long. (The video should start right when the argument begins, but I noticed that in some browsers it starts earlier. If your version does not start when the argument starts, fast forward to about the 13 minute mark.)

As always, it is difficult to predict the result of a case from the oral argument, but if I had to guess, my guess is that the Court was not too sympathetic. The appellant's argument was not perfect and it did have some weaknesses - particularly the rebuttal - but I think the judges seemed more critical of Glass' attorney's argument.