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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The Supreme Court May Have Just Signed Roe v. Wade’s Death Warrant The Supreme Court May Have Just Signed Roe v. Wade’s Death Warrant

The newly ultraconservative court has agreed to hear a direct challenge to the landmark 1973 abortion case—a move that can mean nothing good.

May 18, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There’s Only 1 Reason Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There’s Only 1 Reason

A newly discovered video of Greene harassing AOC in 2019, along with Greene’s attacks on her colleague on the House floor last week, reveal a racism that is as old as it is scary.

May 17, 2021 / Elie Mystal

Return to the Joys of Full-Time Office Work? No, Thanks.

Return to the Joys of Full-Time Office Work? No, Thanks. Return to the Joys of Full-Time Office Work? No, Thanks.

CEOs are touting the benefits of office “culture” as a reason to return to our cubicles. But that culture has often meant harassment, discrimination, and painful water-cooler conve...

May 14, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make

But that shouldn’t stop Democrats from embracing big and sweeping changes while they can.

May 5, 2021 / Column / Elie Mystal

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White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off

The Chauvin verdict seemed like a victory. Then came the racist reaction to the verdict—and the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant.

Apr 30, 2021 / Editorial / Elie Mystal for The Nation

Reaction to Chauvin Verdict

The Chauvin Verdict Represents an Absolute Minimum of Justice The Chauvin Verdict Represents an Absolute Minimum of Justice

It’s incredibly important that the jury found Chauvin guilty, but reining in the cops cannot happen through individual prosecutions.

Apr 20, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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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

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