Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 29–Apr. 12
Instructor: Wes Clark
This course will focus on Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (as amended), in particular the portions that address electronic surveillance (ELSUR) for criminal investigations. The different electronic surveillance types and methods to be discussed include bugs, wiretaps, pen registers, trap and trace devices, trackers/beepers, pole cameras, and the tracking of cell phones. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) plays an important role. We'll examine the functions of DOJ and those of the local Assistant US Attorney.
Wes Clark is an attorney who retired from the federal government in 2015 with over 38 years of experience. He began his civilian legal career at DOJ reviewing applications to conduct wiretaps and bugs. Later, as a federal prosecutor, he made judicial applications to conduct ELSUR. For the last 19+ years of his federal service, he worked in the Office of Chief Counsel, Drug Enforcement Administration. He has taught “Surveillance and Privacy” as an adjunct at George Mason University and has published ELSUR-related articles in the Valparaiso University Law Review and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.