Elie Mystal

Justice Correspondent & Columnist

@ElieNYC

Elie Mystal is The Nation’s justice correspondent and the host of its legal podcast, Contempt of Court. He is also an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center. His first book is the New York Times bestseller Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution, published by The New Press. Elie can be followed @ElieNYC.

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Why Are Democrats So Determined to Block Court Reform? Why Are Democrats So Determined to Block Court Reform?

The refusal of leaders like Pelosi and Biden to engage with robust court-expansion proposals is an act of pure self-defeat.

Apr 16, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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It’s Time to Kick Armed Cops Off the Road It’s Time to Kick Armed Cops Off the Road

We should not have to live in a world where the police can kill young men like Daunte Wright for committing traffic violations.

Apr 15, 2021 / Elie Mystal

Supreme Court Columns

Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Is Designed to Fail Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Is Designed to Fail

Biden’s recently announced commission to study court reform isn’t designed to offer solutions—it’s designed to be an excuse to do nothing.

Apr 13, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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How the Supreme Court Gave Cops a License to Kill How the Supreme Court Gave Cops a License to Kill

Derek Chauvin’s defense team is hoping that the 1989 Graham v. Connor ruling will be his ticket to acquittal.

Apr 8, 2021 / Elie Mystal

Illustration by Barry Blitt.

Can Biden Fix the Courts That Trump Broke? Can Biden Fix the Courts That Trump Broke?

There is no progressive future without a serious fight to reclaim the judiciary from the grips of conservative judges.

Apr 7, 2021 / Feature / Elie Mystal

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The Blue Wall of Silence Is Crumbling Around Derek Chauvin The Blue Wall of Silence Is Crumbling Around Derek Chauvin

For one of the first times in memory, police are testifying against one of their own. But will it lead to an actual conviction?

Apr 6, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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The Supreme Court May Be About to Blast Another Hole in Gun Control The Supreme Court May Be About to Blast Another Hole in Gun Control

As the country reels from two mass shootings in a single week, the Supreme Court is considering taking on a case that could vastly expand gun “rights.”

Mar 25, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society

As the pandemic wanes, and I have to leave the safety of my whiteness-free castle, I know that racism is going to come roaring back into my daily life.

Mar 23, 2021 / Elie Mystal

The Massacre in Atlanta Was As Predictable as White Supremacy

The Massacre in Atlanta Was As Predictable as White Supremacy The Massacre in Atlanta Was As Predictable as White Supremacy

There are lots of people working overtime to try to prove that the mass shooting of six Asian women wasn’t motivated by bigotry. It was.

Mar 18, 2021 / Elie Mystal

It’s Time to Investigate the FBI—for Its Deep-Fake Kavanaugh Investigation

It’s Time to Investigate the FBI—for Its Deep-Fake Kavanaugh Investigation It’s Time to Investigate the FBI—for Its Deep-Fake Kavanaugh Investigation

While most Democrats seem resigned to Kavanaugh's presence on the Supreme Court, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is pushing to keep the case against him alive.

Mar 17, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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