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CNN legal analyst to speak at URI, April 6

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Talk is part of Truman Honor Institution celebration

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 23, 2005 -- Jeffrey Toobin, Emmy award-winning legal analyst for the CNN News Group, will deliver the University of Rhode Island Foundation Distinguished Address as a part of URI’s celebration for being named a Truman Foundation Honor Institution.

Toobin will speak in Edwards Auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 6. His talk is free and open to the public.

Toobin’s speech “Talking Law in Plain English” is reflective of his job at CNN. He can be seen almost nightly simplifying complex legal issues into understandable language for viewers. Most recently, he can be seen commenting on the Michael Jackson trial.

Toobin joined CNN in 2002, after a seven-year stint as a legal analyst for ABC News, where he commented on some of the nation’s most provocative and high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson civil trial and the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Clinton White House. He received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga.

A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1993, Toobin has written on such legal affairs as the 2001 dispute over Florida’s votes for president and the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

He has written several critically acclaimed, bestselling books including A Vast Conspiracy: The Read Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President; The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; and Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. He is currently writing a book about the Supreme Court.

For more information, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 874-2303.