L813 Fall 2018 Federal Law of Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) for Criminal Investigations
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Oct. 23–Nov. 6
Instructor: Wes Clark
A key focus of this course will be Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (as amended), a discussion of the statute’s requirements. We will examine the different electronic surveillance (ELSUR) types and methods, which 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 and we’ll examine the functions of “Main Justice” and those of the local Assistant US Attorney.
Wes Clark is an attorney who retired from the federal government in January 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 application 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 Mason and has published ELSUR-related articles in the Valparaiso University Law Review and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.