A bright arrogant kid fakes stories at The New Republic. Because the publication is in its heyday, the kid becomes a symbol of just about everything that is bad. Unfortunately the matured version of him can't shake all that baggage from the past.
As many Baby Boomers remember, that miscreant had been Stephen Glass. A movie was even made about his journalistic transgressions. Had he not decided to study for a law degree and then apply to the bar of a few states to be licensed we may never had heard of him again. But he did, for some puzzling reason, obtain a JD and apply in New York and California for bar admission. New York turned him down. When California did the same thing, he brought the matter to the state's Supreme Court.
Here you can read the Court's ruling. It's not too surprising, given Glass' high profile for sinning against journalistic ethics, that the Court said "no." What is somewhat shocking is that the justification for that was mostly his lack of good character way back then. The Court doesn't seem to believe in the capability for human beings to change.
I probably wouldn't be doing too hot on my career path if all my youthful transgressions were filed away in some collective memory bank in my field of communications. I did stupid things. I committed grave errors of judgment in who I made enemies of. And, I had lost a job here and there. No one cares. I had long ago forgiven myself.
The California Supreme Court seems to lack an understanding of mankind as worthy of redemption.