Jeffrey Toobin is a CNN talking head, New Yorker staff writer, and author of several books about law and politics, including The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson, 2007's widely acclaimed The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, and The Oath: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court.

Born in Manhattan, Toobin attended both Harvard University for his undergrad and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review (and graduated magna cum laude from both, natch). Although he started working as a journalist with The New Republic while he was in law school, he tried regular lawyering for a spell, becoming an assistant US Attorney in Brooklyn. However, he took up his post with the New Yorker in 1993—he's been there ever since—and in 1994 became one of the first television legal analysts with ABC. During this era he broke the story in the New Yorker that O.J. Simpson's legal team's strategy was to claim that detective Mark Furham planted evidence and was playing "the race card." He landed other high profile on-air interviews as well, such as Martha Stewart's first interview after she was charged with insider trading, and he won an Emmy for his coverage of Elián González's custody battle. In 2002 he was snatched up by CNN, where he pops up on various programs, and although he still pens articles for the New Yorker, he's also focused on his own books such as his heavily awarded The Nine. [Image via Getty]