Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Ross Toobin[1] (/ˈtbɪn/; born May 21, 1960) is an American lawyer, blogger, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker.[2] During the Iran–Contra affair, he served as an associate counsel in the Department of Justice, and moved from government into writing during the 1990s.

Jeffrey Toobin
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Toobin at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Jeffrey Ross Toobin

(1960-05-21) May 21, 1960 (age 60)
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)
OccupationLegal analyst, commentator
Notable credit(s)
The New Yorker (1993–)
CNN Senior Legal Analyst (2002–)
Spouse(s)Amy Bennett McIntosh (1986–present)

Toobin has written several books, including an account of the O. J. Simpson murder case. It was adapted as a TV series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story which aired in 2016 as the first season of FX American Crime Story, and won nine Emmy Awards.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Toobin was born to a Jewish family[4] in New York City in 1960,[5] the son of Marlene Sanders, former ABC News and CBS News correspondent, and Jerome Toobin, a news broadcasting producer.[6]


Toobin attended Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, and then went on to attend Harvard College for undergraduate studies. Toobin covered sports for The Harvard Crimson,[7] where his column was titled "Inner Toobin." Toobin graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and Literature, and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Toobin then attended Harvard Law School where he was classmates with Elena Kagan and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. in 1986. While there, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[8]


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

Toobin began freelancing for The New Republic while a law student. After passing the bar, he worked as a law clerk to a federal judge and then as an associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh during the Iran–Contra affair and Oliver North's criminal trial. He next served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn.[9] Toobin wrote a book about his work in the Office of Independent Counsel. Walsh objected to this, and Toobin went to court to affirm his right to publish. Judge John Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York wrote an opinion that Toobin and his publisher had the right to release this book. Walsh's appeal of the case was dismissed by the court.[10]

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."[citation needed] He started working in 1993 at The New Yorker and became a television legal analyst for ABC in 1996.

Toobin has provided broadcast legal analysis on many high-profile cases. In 1994, Toobin broke the story in The New Yorker that the O. J. Simpson legal team in his criminal trial planned to play "the race card" by accusing Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence.[11] Toobin provided analysis of Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial,[12] the O. J. Simpson civil case, and the Starr investigation of President Clinton. He received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González custody saga.

Toobin joined CNN in 2002.[11] In 2003, he secured the first interview with Martha Stewart about the insider trading charges against her.[2]

Toobin speaking about the Supreme Court at the John J. Rhodes Lecture in Tempe, Arizona

Toobin is a longtime friend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, having met her while the two were classmates at Harvard Law School.[13] He has described Chief Justice John Roberts as "very, very conservative."[14] 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."[15][16]

Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and he joined CNN in 2002, where he is now chief legal analyst. He is the author of seven books. Toobin's book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007), received awards from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.[11] His next book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, was published in 2012. That was followed by, American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, which came out in 2016. All were New York Times Best-Sellers. In 2020 he authored True Crimes and Misdemeanors, the Investigation of Donald Trump, which is described as a condensation of evidence against the character and presidency of Donald Trump as if he were on trial.[17]

Views on U.S. ConstitutionEdit

Toobin in 2017

In a 2011 discussion with journalist Fareed Zakaria, Toobin stated that he believes that the United States Constitution should be amended to eliminate the inequities of the United States Electoral College, which allows for a presidential candidate to win the election despite having fewer popular votes than their opponent, and the United States Senate, which grants two senators to every state regardless of population.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1986, Toobin married Amy Bennett McIntosh. Paul Attanasio was best man, and Anne-Marie Slaughter was matron of honor. Toobin met Amy while they worked at the Harvard Crimson together in college. She is a 1980 Harvard graduate, holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School,[1][19] and has held executive positions at Verizon Communications and Zagat Survey.[20] They have two adult children, a daughter and son.[20]

Toobin had a longtime off and on extramarital affair with attorney Casey Greenfield.[21] She is the daughter of American television journalist and author Jeff Greenfield and the ex-wife of screenwriter Matt Manfredi.[22] They had a child in 2009, which Toobin initially resisted acknowledging.[20][23] Ultimately, Toobin's paternity was confirmed with a DNA test and separately, a Manhattan Family Court judge ordered Toobin to pay child support.[21]

In popular cultureEdit

In the The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story TV show Toobin is portrayed by Chris Conner.[24]



  1. ^ a b "J.R. Toobin Weds Amy B. McIntosh". The New York Times. 1986-06-01. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ a b "Contributors: Jeffrey Toobin". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  3. ^ "The People vs O.J.Simpson Emmy Awards". December 10, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Sher, Cindy (May 2, 2017). "Interview with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, one of three best-selling authors to headline JUF Trade Dinner season". Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Toobin, who is Jewish, is a CNN Senior Analyst, a judicial expert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a bestselling author.
  5. ^ "So What Do You Do, Jeffrey Toobin, Author?". 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  6. ^ Jewish Ledger (Connecticut edition): Cindy Mindell, "Q & A with... Marlene Sanders - Award-winning woman pioneer in broadcasting", August 20, 2010
  7. ^ "Jeffrey R. Toobin | News". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  8. ^ "Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin '86 named this year's Class Day speaker". Harvard Law Today. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  9. ^ Jeffrey Toobin (1991-05-01). "Opening Arguments". Commentary. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  10. ^ "929 F.2d 69 (1991), PENGUIN BOOKS USA INCORPORATED; Jeffrey R. Toobin, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. Lawrence E. WALSH; Office of Independent Counsel, Defendants-Appellants".
  11. ^ a b c "Anchors/Reporters – Jeffrey Toobin". CNN. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  12. ^ "Toobin: Jackson courtroom 'like nothing I've ever seen'". CNN. January 16, 2004. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  13. ^ Shister, Gail (2010-05-12). "CNN's Jeffrey Toobin on Elena Kagan: 'Funny, well-informed...She's Good Company'". TV Newser. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28.
  14. ^ "Charlie Rose". Charlie Rose (talk show). 2010-10-04. Public Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27.
  15. ^ The Diane Rehm Show. 1 October 2007. NPR.
  16. ^ "Anderson Cooper 360°". Anderson Cooper 360°. 1 October 2007. CNN. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  17. ^ Elving, Ron, In 'True Crimes,' Toobin Presents A Summation For The Jury In The Case Against Trump, National Public Radio, July 31, 2020
  18. ^ CNN: "Fareed Zakaria and Jeffrey Toobin on updating the U.S. Constitution" By Fareed Zakaria June 27, 2011
  19. ^ The Harvard Crimson: "Jeffrey R. Toobin" By Samuel P. Jacobs The Harvard Crimson, June 04, 2007
  20. ^ a b c Rush, George (February 17, 2010). "CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama – with daughter of CBS News' Jeff Greenfield". Daily News (New York). Retrieved Feb 23, 2014.
  21. ^ a b Baby drama! CNN star Jeffrey Toobin offered Casey Greenfield money for abortion: sources, Daily News, May 8, 2010
  22. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield, Matt Manfredi" November 21, 2004
  23. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield v. the World" By ROBIN FINN February 17, 2012
  24. ^ Josh, Wigler (February 15, 2018). "How 'Altered Carbon' Brought its Breakout Character to Life". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2020.

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