Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin
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Jeffrey Ross Toobin[1] (born May 21, 1960) is an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker.[2]

Toobin was born in New York City in 1960,[3] the son of former ABC News and CBS News correspondent Marlene Sanders, and news broadcasting producer Jerome Toobin. His mother's family was of a relatively secular Jewish background.[4]

Toobin was educated at Columbia Grammar School, which later changed its name to Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, a private college preparatory school in New York City, and at Harvard College. At Harvard, he covered sports for The Harvard Crimson, where his column was titled "Inner Toobin". In 1982, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics, and earned a Truman Scholarship. In 1986, he graduated fromHarvard Law School magna cum laude with a J.D.; he had been an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Toobin began freelancing for The New Republic while a law student. He went on to become a law clerk to a federal judge and to work as an associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence Edward Walsh during the Iran-Contra affair andOliver North's criminal trial, before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.[5] According to journalist Michael Isikoff, Toobin was caught “having absconded with large loads of classified and grand-jury related documents" from Walsh's office.[6]Toobin disputed the assertion that he improperly removed documents.

Toobin wrote a book about his work in the Office of Independent Counsel. Walsh objected to his decision to do so, and Toobin went to court to vindicate his right to publish. Judge John Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York wrote an opinion vindicating the rights of Toobin and his publisher to release Toobin's book. The appeal of the case was dismissed.[7]

Walsh later wrote that he "could understand a young lawyer wanting to keep copies of his own work, but not copying material from the general files or the personal files of others."[6] After three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Toobin “resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn (where he had gone to work after Walsh) and abandoned the practice of law.”[6] He then took up his post in 1993 at The New Yorker and became a television legal analyst for ABC in 1994.

Toobin has provided broadcast legal analysis on many high-profile cases, including Michael Jackson's,[which?] the O.J. Simpson civil case, and the Starr investigation of President Clinton. In 1994, Toobin broke the story in The New Yorker that the O. J. Simpson legal team planned to play "the race card" by accusing Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence.[8] He received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González custody saga.[citation needed]

Toobin joined CNN in 2002.[8] In 2003, he secured the first interview with Martha Stewart about the insider trading charges against her.[2]

Toobin is a longtime friend of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan's, having met her while the two were classmates at Harvard Law School.[9] He has described Chief Justice John Roberts as "very, very conservative."[10] Regarding Justice Clarence Thomas, Toobin has said that Thomas' legal views were "highly unusual and extreme", called him "a nut," and said that Justice Thomas was "furious all the time."[11][12]

In March 2009, Politico revealed that Toobin was a member of the private discussion group JournoList, where "several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics...talked stories and compared notes."[13][14]

Toobin currently is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a senior analyst for CNN since 2002, and the author of five books. Toobin's book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007), has received awards from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.[8]


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