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 Has Killed Affirmative Action. Mediocre Whites Can Rest Easier. The Supreme Court Has Killed Affirmative Action. Mediocre Whites Can Rest Easier.

The court ended one of our most effective social justice policies because anything that isn’t seen to primarily benefit white people is anathema to this country.

Jun 29, 2023 / Elie Mystal for The Nation

A protester holds a sign reading 'HANDS OFF MY VOTE' at a rally outside the Supreme Court on December 7, 2022.

The Supreme Court Has Foiled the GOP’s Latest Attempt to Destroy Democracy The Supreme Court Has Foiled the GOP’s Latest Attempt to Destroy Democracy

A 6-3 majority rebuffed an extremist Republican plot to subvert the electoral process.

Jun 28, 2023 / Elie Mystal

Welcome to “Contempt of Court”!

Welcome to “Contempt of Court”! Welcome to “Contempt of Court”!

On this new podcast series, I’ll look at ways to make the Supreme Court stop hurting us.

Jun 27, 2023 / Podcast / Elie Mystal

Former president Donald Trump arrives at a rally, August 5, 2022, in Waukesha, Wis.

It’s Official: The DOJ Stalled the Investigation Into Donald Trump It’s Official: The DOJ Stalled the Investigation Into Donald Trump

Merrick Garland has long claimed he’s been methodically building his investigation into January 6 from the bottom up—but a Washington Post exposé shows otherwise.

Jun 21, 2023 / Elie Mystal

Demonstrators stand outside the US Supreme Court Building during oral arguments on Haaland v. Brackeen, a case challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, on November 9, 2022.

Neil Gorsuch May Be the Supreme Court’s Fiercest Defender of Native Rights Neil Gorsuch May Be the Supreme Court’s Fiercest Defender of Native Rights

Gorsuch wrote two powerful decisions in support of tribal sovereignty this week. If only he thought women and Black people deserved the same respect.

Jun 16, 2023 / Elie Mystal

A sign calling for protection of the Clean Water Act hung outside the Supreme Court Building

The Supreme Court Has Done Us Dirty on the Clean Water Act The Supreme Court Has Done Us Dirty on the Clean Water Act

The recent ruling in Sackett v. EPA drastically weakens the Clean Water Act.

Jun 13, 2023 / Column / Elie Mystal

Walt Nauta, who was indicted on federal charges alongside Donald Trump, walks with his boss during the first round of the LIV Golf at Trump National Golf Club, Friday, May 26, 2023, in Sterling, Va.

It’ll Take More Than an Indictment to Make Donald Trump Face Justice It’ll Take More Than an Indictment to Make Donald Trump Face Justice

The 37-count indictment against Trump is strong, but if we want him to be held accountable, he must be defeated at the polls.

Jun 12, 2023 / Elie Mystal

President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Janai Nelson speaks to members of the press after the oral argument of the Merrill v. Milligan case at the US Supreme Court Building on October 4, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

The Voting Rights Act Has Survived Another Attempt on Its Life The Voting Rights Act Has Survived Another Attempt on Its Life

In a surprising ruling, two conservative justices joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing to keep Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act intact.

Jun 9, 2023 / Elie Mystal

Jennyvieve Barquero-Hughes, 4, in black, gets her photo taken with Drag Queens Kelly K, left, Scalene OnixXx and Athena Monet Kills at the Drag Queen story hour at the Cellar Door Bookstore on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Riverside, Calif.

The Right’s War on Drag Is Flagrantly Unconstitutional The Right’s War on Drag Is Flagrantly Unconstitutional

The drag bans being pushed by both Tennessee and Texas have so little legal merit that even small children could debunk them.

Jun 6, 2023 / Elie Mystal

The west facade of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., at dusk.

This Is Not the End of the Supreme Court’s War on Labor This Is Not the End of the Supreme Court’s War on Labor

With Glacier, eight justices sabotaged the most powerful weapon unions have: the strike.

Jun 2, 2023 / Elie Mystal

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