By: Afusat Shoaga
“Going to law school and living a normal live isn’t enough,” said Rachel Grunberg in 2011, a lawyer for the bar court.
Stephen Glass, 19 years later from his shameful leave as a journalist at the The New Republic was back in the news. The California Supreme Court, rejected Glass’s request to practice law.
The former journalist, ” has not sustained his heavy burden of demonstrating rehabilitation and fitness for the practice of law,” said the California Supreme Court.
When he was a journalist working for The New Republic, Glass has fabricated almost 50 stories in a large number of publications, spreading from the main companies to other magazines. Now that he can no longer be a journalist, he sets out to be a lawyer but is restricted to practicing by the supreme court.
Richard Bradley, a former editor of George Magazine said that Glass was ” good at finding people’s blind spots.”
Bradley noticed that 3 pieces published in George magazine contained fabrications. But, after his days of being an editor, Bradley has long forgiven Glass for his wrongdoings but says this:
“Being a lawyer is a privilege, not a right. He can be a fully contributing valuable member of society, without being a lawyer,” said Bradley.
Based on Bradley’s opinion, I agree that Glass does not need to become a lawyer. There is nothing for him to gain in doing so because he has lost all his credibility as a professional.
In March 2016 according to The Chronicle, a newspaper from Duke University, ” Glass repaid $200,000 to the New Republic and other magazines that published his work,”
Theses apologetic acts, does not seem to be completely genuine, for donating to all the magazines that he has affected, he is trying to gain their trust to prove that he is a changed man.
The Sigma Delta Chi foundations was among the places that received a donation from Glass however, the foundation rejected his offering.
In a letter sent to Glass, the foundation responded, ” Your fabrications in the late 1990’s did no harm to the SDX Foundation,”
Glass sent a donation of $26,273 to the SDX foundation which was sent back to him through electronic transfer. The foundation clarified that Glass made a mistake sending the donation to them with the thought of SDX being a substitute for George Magazine, which no longer existed.
In return the foundation asks that, “any future responses from you include the disclosure that the Foundation declined the contribution.”