On Abovethelaw.com, lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, presents the strange case of Cortney Shegerian. While a student at Whittier Law School, Shererian, reports Rubino:
" ... conducted surveillance on a man that her now ex-husband, Hossein Nayeri, is accused of torturing."
That allegedly involved abusing the victim with a butane torch, shocking him with a Taser, and removing his penis. Yet, Shegerian had been admitted to the California State Bar. Everyone in the loop is speculating as to why.
She did cooperate with the police. But that in itself rarely lets you completely off the hook. And it hardly seems enough to allow anyone to pass the character and fitness test for bar admission. In addition, she contended her husband was abusive. But what intimate in our lives has not, at one time or more, seemed to us to be abusive?
Among those speculating might be Stephen Glass. Yes, that Stephen Glass. Once a rockstar in journalism, he crashed when it was discovered that he had fabricated articles for The New Republic from June 1996 through May 1998. Then, unlike now, The New Republic was a hot read. Currently it's up for sale.
While making up stories which were supposed to be real, Glass was attending law school. However, because of this funny business with facts, the New York bar turned him down. Later so did the CA one. The state supreme court didn't assess that he had truly done a 180 in his character. Glass is now employed as a paralegal.
One wonders if, given his journalism background, Glass will inflict a media mauling on both the CA bar and Shegerian. Or, perhaps in light of this development, Glass will again apply. In addition, Shegerian might drum up business for her own or her employer's law practice if she gets a publishing house to put out there a book on her outsized life.