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Stephen Glass, a former journalist whose career came crashing down after he was found to be a serial fabricator, has had his quest for a law license stymied by the California Supreme Court.

Glass in his 20s wrote acclaimed stories for The New Republic and Rolling Stone, repeatedly concocting events in more than 40 articles during the late 1990s.

A person must be of good moral character to practice law in the state. After a state bar court hearing four years ago, Glass presented several character witnesses and introduced evidence regarding a lengthy course of psychotherapy along with his own testimony and other evidence.

Many of those efforts, stretching from the time he was exposed in 1998 to the hearing in 2010, "seem to have been directed primarily at advancing his own well-being rather than returning something to the community," the justices wrote in their 35-page decision Monday.

"His evidence did not establish that he engaged in truly exemplary conduct over an extended period," the decision said. "We conclude that on this record he has not sustained his heavy burden of demonstrating rehabilitation and fitness for the practice of law."

The story of Glass' fall was depicted in the movie "Shattered Glass."

PHOTO: Stephen Glass, former writer for The New Republic, is seen in this video framegrab released by CBS' "60 Minutes, " Wednesday, May 7, 2003, in New York. Next week Simon & Schuster will publish Glass' "The Fabulist, "an autobiographical - but invented - account of his rise and fall at The New Republic. The magazine fired Glass in 1998 after determining there were fabrications in 27 of the 41 articles he had written. AP Photo/ CBS News



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