A convicted murderer who graduated from law school after getting out of prison was denied admission to the Bar on Wednesday by the Arizona Supreme Court because of a lack of “good moral character.”

James Hamm, who served 17 years for his part in a drug-related robbery that left two men dead, had asked the court to allow him to practice law even though the State Bar association had recommended against his application, citing the seriousness of the crime and his failure to own up to his past.