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Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin
Toobin at the 2012 Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 27
Born Jeffrey Ross Toobin
(1960-05-21) May 21, 1960
New York City, New York
Education Harvard University (BA)
Harvard Law School (JD)
Occupation Legal analyst, Commentator
Notable credit(s) The New Yorker (1993–)
CNN Senior Legal Analyst (2002–)
Spouse(s) Amy Bennett McIntosh (1986-present)

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

Toobin promoting his book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Bibliography 4
    • Books 4.1
    • Essays and reporting 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Toobin was born in New York City,[3] the son of former ABC News and CBS News correspondent Marlene Sanders, and news broadcasting producer Jerome Toobin. He attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City and Harvard College. At Harvard, he covered sports for The Harvard Crimson, where his column carried the name "Inner Toobin." He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and earned a Truman Scholarship. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude with a J.D. in 1986, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Toobin began freelancing for The New Republic as a law student. He went on to become a law clerk to a federal judge and work as an associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence Edward Walsh during the Iran-Contra affair and Oliver North's criminal trial, before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.[4] According to journalist Michael Isikoff, Toobin was caught “having absconded with large loads of classified and grand-jury related documents" from Walsh's office.[5] 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 his book. The appeal of the case was dismissed.[6]

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."[5] 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.”[5] 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, the O.J. Simpson civil trial 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.[7] He received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González custody saga.

He joined CNN in 2002.[7] In 2003, he secured the first interview with Martha Stewart with regard to the charges against her for insider trading.[2]

Toobin is a longtime friend of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, having met her while the two were students at Harvard Law School.[8] He has described Chief Justice John Roberts as "very, very conservative."[9] Regarding Justice Clarence Thomas, Toobin has said that Thomas' legal views were "highly unusual and extreme", called him "a nut," and said that he was "furious all the time."[10][11]

In March 2009, Politico revealed that Toobin was a member of the private discussion group JournoList, where "several hundred Left-wing politics-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics...talked stories and compared notes."[12][13]

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, has received awards from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.[7]

Personal life

In 1986, he married Amy Bennett McIntosh. Paul Attanasio was best man, and Anne-Marie Slaughter was matron of honor. He met Amy while they worked at the Harvard Crimson newspaper together in college. She is a 1980 Harvard graduate and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School[1][14] and has held executive positions at Verizon and Zagat Survey.[15] They have two children.[15] He had a long term extra-marital affair with Casey Greenfield, daughter of American television journalist and author Jeff Greenfield. Toobin was eventually confirmed as the father of their child, named Roderick (b. March 2009). Greenfield has sole custody.[15][16]



  • Toobin, Jeffrey (1991). Opening arguments: a young lawyer's first case, United States v. Oliver North. New York: Viking. 
  • — (1992) [1991]. Opening arguments: a young lawyer's first case : United States v. Oliver North. Revised & updated ed. New York: Penguin. 
  • — (1997). The run of his life: the People v. O.J. Simpson. 
  • A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President (2000)
  • Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election (2001)
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007) winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize[17]
  • The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court (2012)

Essays and reporting

  • Toobin, Jeffrey (January 12, 2009). "Barney's great adventure". Profiles.   Profiles US Representative Barney Frank.
  • — (March 26, 2012). "Holding court". The Talk of the Town. Comment.   Legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.
  • — (May 21, 2012). "Money unlimited". The Talk of the Town. Annals of Law.   Citizens United v. FEC.
  • — (November 19, 2012). "Right to Vote". The Talk of the Town. Annals of Law.   Bush v. Gore.
  • — (January 14, 2013). "Casting votes". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (January 14, 2013). "Mystery meal". The Talk of the Town. Ink.  
  • — (January 28, 2013). "The people's choice". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (December 23–30, 2013). "Cruel and Unusual". The Talk of the Town. Comment.   Methods of execution.
  • — (February 16, 2015). "The Albany chronicles : how Andrew Cuomo gets his way". Profiles.  


  1. ^ a b "J.R. Toobin Weds Amy B. McIntosh".  
  2. ^ a b "Contributors: Jeffrey Toobin".  
  3. ^ "So What Do You Do, Jeffrey Toobin, Author?". 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  4. ^ Jeffrey Toobin (1991-05-01). "Opening Arguments".  
  5. ^ a b c Gosztola, Kevin (2013-08-20) Jeffrey Toobin Preaches on Sanctity of Government Secrets Despite Once Stealing Classified Documents, Firedoglake
  6. ^ "929 F.2d 69 (1991), PENGUIN BOOKS USA INCORPORATED; Jeffrey R. Toobin, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. Lawrence E. WALSH; Office of Independent Counsel, Defendants-Appellants". 
  7. ^ a b c "Anchors/Reporters – Jeffrey Toobin".  
  8. ^ Shister, Gail (2010-05-12). "'"CNN's Jeffrey Toobin on Elena Kagan: 'Funny, well-informed...She's Good Company.  
  9. ^ "Charlie Rose". 2010-10-04.  
  10. ^ "The Diane Rehm Show". 1 October 2007.  
  11. ^ "Anderson Cooper 360°". 1 October 2007.  
  12. ^ Calderone, Michael (2009-03-17). "JournoList: Inside the echo chamber".  
  13. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2010-07-23). "Getting the message on Journolist's controversial postings".  
  14. ^ The Harvard Crimson: "Jeffrey R. Toobin" By Samuel P. Jacobs Monday, June 04, 2007
  15. ^ a b c Rush, George (February 17, 2010). "CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama – with daughter of CBS News' Jeff Greenfield".  
  16. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield v. the World" By ROBIN FINN February 17, 2012
  17. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • CNN staff biography
  • October 2007 Author Series: Jeffrey Toobin in Conversation with Lori Lightfoot.
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