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Elie Mystal - Aggressive, Unapologetic...and Right

published February 09, 2011

Donna McGill
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And it's likely he is; he admits he's a loud talker and like every true editor, he possesses a vocabulary and penchant for stringing words together that makes other writers envious. He can bring you to your knees with the power of the written word - who doesn't want that kind of power? This week, we take a look at Elie Mystal and his unapologetic - though usually correct - mindset.

Want to know what Elie Mystal's greatest achievement is? If you're thinking it has anything to do with a best selling novel or landing his dream job, you'd be partly wrong. Turns out, he did land his dream job - as the husband to a woman he's yet to figure out ''whatever the hell I did'' that made her fall in love with him. He must be one of those rare folks that leave many wondering, ''how does his wife put up with his biting approach to life in general'' and whose wife likely thinks to herself, ''if they only knew how he really is at home''. He proudly and happily admits she wears the pants in the family, something most men won't admit to. Ah...and then there's his career. The one where he speaks his mind, makes no apologies in the process and with such confidence that any reader has no choice but to take a step back and reconsider the different perspective.

He takes that creative anger, another trait he is well known and just as respected for, and then asks questions, ''The Republican Party doesn't really think it can win national elections by just appealing to white people, right? I mean, they know this now, don't they?'' The fact is, this writer doesn't know if they know this yet, but who cares when it's asked with a ''devil may care'' attitude, right? There's no denying the man's talent and gift for words. He has faith in himself, too. He's convinced thirty-six hours in the role of the Pope is all he'd need to fix it. Fascinating, partly because no one is quite sure what the ''it'' is he could fix; but you have to admit, no one else has offered the Pope a day off.

Mystal attended Harvard University, where he earned his degree first in Government and not long after, he received his J.D. from Harvard Law. Before ''winning the Above the Law Idol Contest'', Mystal was a formidable litigator at the prestigious Debevoise & Plimpton.

These days, no one and no topic is safe from Mystal's rich commentary. He recently appointed Judge W. Kennedy Boone, III ''Judge of the Day''. Proud moment for the judge, right? Not so much; the judge was able to keep his post in a Maryland courtroom, despite causing a car accident in late 2009 due to his BAC being more than twice the legal limit. While the judge is busy ''keeping his job'', he must also submit to a breathalyzer twice a day. See the sarcasm? Who doesn't appreciate that? Elie Mystal can be found writing with no apologies at both Above the Law and True/Slant.

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