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Author Jeffrey Toobin Discusses the Supreme Court

OPB | Oct. 16, 2012 7:15 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 27, 2013 3:51 p.m. | Portland

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Jeffrey Toobin has written about legal issues for The New Yorker for over 20 years — a fact he didn’t particularly like being reminded of when he spoke with Dave Miller on OPB’s Think Out Loud, live from Literary Arts in downtown Portland. “It makes me feel old!” he said.

In addition to his work for The New Yorker, Toobin regularly appears on CNN as a legal analyst and he’s written six books. The most recent, which was just published, is The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court. In it, Toobin explores the confrontational relationship that began when the oath of office was fumbled at President Obama’s inauguration.

Toobin is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he was classmates with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. But he says he loves being a journalist. “I don’t want to work for a law firm or anything. I am a journalist. I like stories. I like people. It is very easy to get caught up in airy distractions when talking about the Supreme Court. But these are just nine folks. They have their foibles and they have their complexities. Their intersection with the legal world is what interests me.”

Toobin has his share of thoughts on Supreme Court decisions. On Think Out Loud he gave his opinion on whether the Supreme Court will hear arguments on gay marriage, his thoughts on the current affirmative action case and why President Obama has been reluctant to nominate federal judges.

When Miller asked him if there was any part of him that would want to be on the Supreme Court he said, “If nominated, I would serve!”

Listen to the full conversation with Jeffrey Toobin on Think Out Loud.

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