Jeffery Toobin, writer and legal analyst (#328)
Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for the New Yorker and a CNN legal analyst, discusses his book about the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, The Nine.
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Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the senior legal analyst for CNN, discusses his life in journalism and his book on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Toobin first describes his genetic ties to journalism as the son of Marlene Sanders, a pioneering female news correspondent for ABC and CBS, and Jerome Toobin, the long-time producer of PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal and co-founder of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He then recalls his early law career, including serving as a junior member of the prosecution team for Oliver North’s criminal trial in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. That background led him to an analyst’s chair at CNN, where he witnessed and commented on a variety of political moments during an eventful first year.
A bestselling author, Toobin talks about his book The Nine, which profiles the members of the Supreme Court, exposing details of their personalities that are not usually on display for the public: David Souter’s old-fashioned lifestyle, Clarence Thomas’s bitterness about his confirmation hearings, Stephen Breyer’s skills as a negotiator. All the while, Toobin stresses the importance of the Supreme Court, explaining that a president’s appointees have the power to extend his political legacy far longer than the length of his own service.
Toobin also describes his visit to Google headquarters for an article that would later appear in the New Yorker about the Internet search giant’s ongoing attempt to scan every book ever published.