HR Strange But True!
July 23, 2001
You already know that HR is never boring, but here's proof from this week's news that it can get downright weird...

Now That's Lying

Patrick Couwenberg cited a just-diagnosed medical condition as his excuse for some big-time resume inflation.

The condition is called "pseudologia fantastica," and doctors say it causes people to tell tall tales and mix fantasy with facts.

But Cowenberg wasn't lying to just any employer. He had submitted his very-inflated resume in 1997 to the governor of California, who in turn nominated him for the Superior Court bench.

A special panel of his fellow judges concluded recently that Couwenberg never earned a Purple Heart, never fought in Vietnam, never worked for the CIA, never attended Loyola Law School, and never earned a master's degree in psychology - all things he claimed to have done.

And they didn't buy the "pseudologia fantastica" argument either. If the 11-member state Commission on Judicial Performance agrees with the judges' findings, Couwenberg could be removed from the bench.

Couwenberg has actually offered up various defenses. At one turn, he said his wife typed the application forms; at another, he said he didn't believe certain biographical and educational information was important.

But the judicial panel said, "We find that Judge Couwenberg's professed view that education is essentially irrelevant to a judicial application is manufactured, in an effort to minimize his lies to the governor."

Source: The Recorder. Subscription required.

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