Jeffrey Toobin Profile

  • As CNN's senior legal analyst and long time reporter for The New Yorker, he has connected his legal expertise with a massive audience.
  • Having covered nearly every major legal controversy in the past three decades, his first-hand knowledge of the cases that have shaped our country are unparalleled.
  • Author of multiple best-selling books, his humor and clear explanations make our nation's complex legal processes understandable and accessible.
  • Journalist and legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin has delivered in-depth coverage of nearly every major legal controversy in the past three decades. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993 and the senior legal analyst for CNN since 2002.

    Toobin covered the epic O.J Simpson case as it dramatically unfolded over the course of eight months in a shabby Los Angeles courtroom. The experience inspired to him to write the best-selling true-life thriller, The Run of his Life which was adopted into the mini-series American Crime Story: People vs. O.J by FX.

    The series premiered February 2016 and features seasoned talent including Cuban Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and Courtney B. Vance as Johnny Cochrane.

    Throughout his career Toobin has profiled various judges on the Supreme Court. He compiled his insider knowledge in the book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court which was critically acclaimed as one of the best books of the year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, and The Economist. His newest book American Heiress comes out in August 2016 and examines the kidnapping, crimes, and trial of Patty Hearst.

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      A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time.

      The author of critically acclaimed best sellers, Toobin delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices in his book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. The Nine spent more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller list and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. His newest book, The Oath, a sequel to The Nine, is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.

      FX’s American Crime Story: People vs. O.J,. premiered February 2016. The mini-series is based on Toobin’s book, The Run of His Life and features an all-star cast including Cuba Gooding Jr as O.J. Simpson.

      Currently, Toobin is working on a new book about Patty Hearst’s kidnapping entitled Urban Guerrilla: The Wild, Strange Saga of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army. The book will be released in August 2016 and has already been optioned for film by Fox 2000.

      Previously, he worked for ABC News, and, in 2000, received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González case. For the magazine, he has written Profiles of the Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, as well as articles on nearly every major legal controversy and trial of the past two decades.

      He was the first to interview Martha Stewart about her investigation for insider trading, and the first to disclose the plans of O. J. Simpson’s defense team to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.” Before joining the magazine, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn and an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh.

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    Jeffrey Toobin is an A-list expert with just the right touch of humor to lighten the heaviest of topics. As a top legal analyst and veteran journalist, he brings a depth of insider knowledge as he shares unique insights on the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and definitive legal questions that will determine the kind of America we pass on to future generations. While Toobin weaves through the complex web of legality and bureaucracy that shape our country, his humanity and wit make analysis of laws and government both memorable and enjoyable.

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  • Analyzing Politics, Media, and the Law: Toobin provides a behind-the-scenes view of the politics and personalities of the Supreme Court – and its rocky relationship with the Obama Administration
  • Panel Moderation
  • Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
  • American Justice in the Age of Obama

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    Books by Jeffrey Toobin:

    The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! The inspiration for American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson on FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Connie Britton

    The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of “the trial of the century.” Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended American life.

    The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court

    From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama’s oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. Jeffrey Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases and shows how the President was fatally slow to realize the importance of the judicial branch to his agenda. Combining incisive legal analysis with riveting insider details, The Oath is an essential guide to understanding the Supreme Court of our interesting times.

    The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.


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