Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since January 1993.

Mr. Toobin is also the legal analyst for CNN, which he joined in 2002 after six years with ABC News. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. His most recent book is Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, which was published in 2001 by Random House. He is also the author of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President (Random House, 2000), and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson (Random House, 1996). Both books were New York Times best-sellers. Mr. Toobin lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

He occasionally fills in as host of The Leonard Lopate Show.

Jeffrey Toobin appears in the following:

Inside the Politics of the Supreme Court

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, but has it ever been non-partisan in practice? 

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Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Jeffrey Toobin Talk About O. J. Simpson

Friday, February 12, 2016

Jeffrey Toobin talks to Cuba Gooding, Jr., who plays O. J. in the TV series based on Toobin’s best-selling book about the case.

As Immigration Reform Stalls, Millions Wait In Limbo

Monday, July 27, 2015

While President Obama's efforts at immigration have stalled, public policy has broken down - leaving 11 million undocumented immigrants out in the cold.

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Milwaukee's Incarceration Experiment

Friday, May 08, 2015

A study of racial imbalance in Milwaukee's DA office leads to new initiatives to reduce the number of people sent to prison.

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How One Gang Took Control of a Baltimore Jail

Friday, April 11, 2014

Until recently, the Baltimore City Detention Center was controlled not by correctional officers, but by the Black Guerrilla Family gang, which managed a complex organized crime ring t...

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Is the Constitution to Blame for D.C. Gridlock?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The American Constitution is the world's oldest still in use, but even Thomas Jefferson believed that all constitutions should expire. Jeffrey Toobin, attorney and staff writer for Th...

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Stop and Frisk Judge Removed From Case

Friday, November 01, 2013

Judge Shira Scheindlin has been taken off of the stop and frisk case after a federal appeals court found that she gave the appearance of impartiality. Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, CNN legal analyst and author of The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court, talks about the profile he wrote of Judge Scheindlin, as well as her remarks from the bench, which were cited in the appeals court's decision.

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Courts and the Constitution: Stop-and-Frisk and Abortion Restrictions

Friday, November 01, 2013

Yesterday brought two major legal decisions with big implications in two states. In Texas, a Federal Appeals Court reversed a ruling by a federal judge made just three days prior that...

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Law and Politics

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, CNN legal analyst, and author of (soon in paperback) The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Anchor, 2013) talks about the stop-and-frisk lawsuit, the IRS vs. 501(c)(4)'s, Eric Holder on the hot seat, and other national legal news.

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Jeffrey Toobin on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin discusses his article “The Heavyweight,” about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lasting influence. “The Heavyweight” appears in the March 11 issue of The New Yorker.

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Jeffrey Toobin on The Oath

Friday, October 05, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin takes a close look at the Supreme Court and its relationship to the White House. His new book The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court documents how, from the moment Chief Justice John Roberts blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Barack Obama and John Roberts are completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue.

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Jeffrey Toobin on the Health Care Reform Law and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Yorker staff writer and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the health care reform law in the Supreme Court. He's the author of the 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. His latest book, The Oath: The Obama White House. The Supreme Court, will be published in September by Doubleday.

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Mets and Madoff

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker and CNN legal analyst, reports on his talk with Mets owner Fred Wilpon about his relationship with Bernie Madoff.

"Madoff's Curveball" appears in this week's New Yorker.

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Supreme Court Gets Contentious on Campaign Finance

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

"We've been regulating campaign contributions since 1907," The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin reminds us at a time when it seems like many of the regulations may be overturned. The Supreme Court has had some flare ups recently over the string of cases brought in front of the court. With Justice Elena Kagan, the Court not only has the largest number of female Justices on board, but also a four to five weighting of Democrat versus Republican appointments. Although the court looks different, says Toobin, the rule of five still applies.

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Legal Implications of Bush v. Gore, 10 Years Later

Friday, December 10, 2010

It was ten years ago this week that the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Bush v. Gore. That decision effectively stopped the Florida recount in its tracks and placed George W. Bush in the Oval Office.

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court,  joins us to analyze the legal and political ramifications of that controversial Supreme Court moment.


Jeffrey Toobin on Chuck Schumer

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New York senator Chuck Schumer, who sits on both the Finance Committee and the Banking Committee, has a reputation as a principal voice for Wall Street in Washington. New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses why Mr. Schumer was nearly silent this summer, when his colleagues passed the most comprehensive overhaul of securities legislation in more than a generation. Jeffrey Toobin’s article, “The Senator and the Street” appears in the August 2nd issue of The New Yorker.

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Jeffrey Toobin on Leonard's 25th Anniversary at WNYC

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Jeffrey Toobin talks about why he likes listening to--and being a guest on--the Leonard Lopate Show, and talks about what it's like to fill in as a guest host. Find out more about Leonard's 25th anniversary here.


Jeffrey Toobin

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior analyst and New Yorker staff writer, discusses the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial, and how the appointment of Justice Sonya Sotomayor will affect the Supreme Court. He's the author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

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Speaking of Justice(s)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for the New Yorker and legal analyst for CNN, talks about the current--and future--composition of the Supreme Court.

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Because That’s How We Roll

Friday, May 29, 2009

Note: Due to today's power outage, audio and podcasts for this episode may not be posted in the usual manner. Please be patient as we figure out a solution. Thanks! Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter weighs in on the latest news of the day ---including government’s stake in GM, ...