Comments on: The trial of Stephen Glass http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: punchinello http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-1183 Wed, 02 May 2012 02:19:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-1183 I hired a law office voted as the “Best Law Firm” with the “Best Attorney.” But don’t believe everything you read. The best attorney was a lying rip-off! The worst attorney I ever hired. If Stephen Glass gets membership into the bar he will be no worse than the “Best Attorney” voted with the “Best Law Firm.”

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By: LegalMatch http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-665 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:01:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-665 If nothing else, I think we owe Stephen Glass a debt of gratitude for inspiring the only watchable on-screen performance that Hayden Christianson has ever delivered.

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By: thunderbolt007 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-582 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:39:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-582 I’l like a lying cheat for a lawyer. There are a few people I’d like to sue and I don’t care how I win. Of course, I am repeating myself when I say “lying cheat” and “lawyer” in the same sentence.

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By: jamespete http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-572 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:01:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-572 Indeed, why do we detest people more harshly than corporations?

I see this whole Glass case as a study in rhetoric. Now, I’m no lawyer . . . but as one long time California lawyer noted above(Peter323), “If the bar considers him morally fit, who are we to question him?”

It’s like the batter complaining to the umpire, “That was a ball,” and the umpire like a Judge and jury saying, “It wasn’t anything until I called it.” Rules for baseball, rules for a courtroom.

Science has a separate procedure for determining truth. Business has its rules. Theater has its ways and means, not so different from a courtroom. It seems the simple truth is not so simple.

Many will decry the relativistic stance of the rhetorical view. I see it as its strength. For in every new case comes the responsibility to make some sense, to shed some light. As another wrote above, “I remember reading some of his articles when they came out and noting a lot of things that didn’t sound right.” Part of being human, some would say the defining part, is noting what seems.

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By: melberman http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-486 Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:02:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-486 Steven Glass was caught in 2 1/2 years lying, cheating and being deceptive in trying to get ahead & make people like him. This is the same as what we see everyday in almost every politician & many of our corporate leaders. In many cases with much worse implications. It seems to me that the rest of our political/corporate society should be treated the way he was but I don’t see that happening. Why not?

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By: humana http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-453 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:19:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-453 Does the U.S. have a shortage of lawyers? Are we that desperate? I submit that we can do better than Stephen Glass.
Some commenters would have us believe that because someone makes a mistake once – correction, serially – he will never do it again. Please step away from the Kool-Aid. In particular, the assertion that Glass’s publically known dishonesty will make him “more honest than most of his fellow lawyers” is not based in reality and is frankly offensive. To assume that someone else is a liar just because he or she has never been publically excoriated for lying is particularly weak sophistry. If you prefer the cynical approach to lawyers, shouldn’t the Bar only allow lawyers who are actually good at lying without getting caught?
Finally, some apparently did not actually read the article. Glass is not starving. “As recently as 2008, Glass was making $154,000 a year working for a California law firm, according to court filings.” He appears to be under direct supervision, where he should be.

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By: darkshot http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-434 Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:13:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-434 As one of the editors involved, Oldhack, I can tell you that no, Stephen never repaid any of the money paid him for (as we later learned) fabricating stories. For our part, it wasn’t worth trying to sue Stephen to reclaim the money, and he certainly never offered to pay it back. That’s something that still bothers me. I may be old-school about these things, and the amount of money was of course small relative to the larger damages inflicted, but the offer would have been nice.

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By: mkhall7475 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-430 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:26:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-430 If in 2011, an unrepentant Newt Gingrich, who now claims that he was too exhausted to continue the fight against censure, can believe that he deserves to be President of the US.. (and of course he claims that a forgiving God has forgiven him for all his sins that he committed because he was over enthusiastic about his commitment to the US – so much more understandable than being brain washed by the mental abuse sooo many parents put children through) And apparently Republicans and voters have also forgiven him enough to make him the Republican favorite candidate after cheating on 2 wives, lying to the investigation committee, violating house ethics rules (not that there are many of those) and was censured and fined $300K after a vote of 395 to 28 . . .

from a 1997 news article: The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday’s vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information.

then why not someone who committed his errors before the age of 25???

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By: fastmanhilda http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-424 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 13:46:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-424 Thank you for your well researched story…too many times people who are seriously unethical and disturbed get a “pass” by judges, doctors, friends, who do not realize the harm that these people continually inflict on innocent “bystanders.” Suffering stress in one’s past does not give one a license to hurt others. The Glass case is a high-profile one, but one that is repeated every day.

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By: AndrewMilner http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2011/12/07/the-trial-of-stephen-glass/#comment-423 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 02:31:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=363#comment-423 Twelve years after Stephen Glass permanently stained the reputation of The New Republic, former TNR owner Marty Peretz is STILL covering for him. This beggars the obvious question: What must Glass have on Peretz?

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