Jeffrey Toobin : biography
Jeffrey Ross Toobin (born May 21, 1960) is an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker.
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 E. Walsh during the Iran-Contra affair and Oliver North's criminal trial, before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. He then took up his post in 1993 at The New Yorker, and became the first television legal analyst in 1994, at ABC. 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 on accusing Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and playing "the race card." He received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González custody saga.
He joined CNN in 2002. In 2003, he secured the first interview with Martha Stewart with regard to the charges against her for insider trading.
Toobin is a longtime friend of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, having met her while the two were students at Harvard Law School. He has described Chief Justice John Roberts as "very, very conservative." 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."
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."
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.
In 1986, he married Amy Bennett McIntosh. June 1, 1986 He met Amy while they worked at the Harvard Crimson newspaper together in college. She is a 1980 Harvard graduate Monday, June 04, 2007 and has held executive positions at Verizon and Zagat Survey. February 18, 2010 They have two children. He was reported by the New York Times to have had a long term extra-marital affair with Casey Greenfield, daughter of American television journalist and author Jeff Greenfield, which resulted in a paternity suit. Toobin was eventually confirmed as the father of the child, named Rory (b. April 2009). Greenfield has sole custody. February 17, 2012
Early life and education
Toobin was born in New York City, 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 law degree in 1986, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
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