It's my pleasure to announce that Wes Oliver of Duquesne University's law school will be sitting with us for a spell in the faculty lounge. Wes is Associate Professor and Criminal Justice Program Director at Duquesne. Wes and I first met through our mutual interest in legal history -- he wrote a dissertation at Yale on the growth of criminal procedure in New York in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Cribbing now from his website:
His scholarship has examined numerous aspects of criminal law and procedure, including search and seizure, interrogations, material witness detentions, wiretapping, plea bargaining, Prohibition and the history of policing. Oliver hosts a television program entitled Crime and Punishment on the Pennsylvania Cable Network and served as a legal analyst for NBC News' coverage of the criminal proceedings against Jerry Sandusky. He is a frequent commentator on criminal justice issues, having appeared on ABC World News, CBS This Morning, 48 Hours Investigates, NBC Nightly News, TODAY Show, MSNBC's Ed Show and commented on NPR. Oliver has been quoted by newspapers that include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. Oliver earned J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from Yale University and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia.
Wes' publications include Tennessee Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Doug Blaze, West 2011) and numerous articles, including recently Material Witness Detentions After al-Kidd, 100 Kentucky Law Journal 125 (2012) and Western Union, the American Federation of Labor, Google and the Changing Face of Corporate Privacy Advocates, 80 Mississippi Law Journal 971 (2012). Some of his other work is available at srrn. Wes has two forthcoming books Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Jack Chin) and The Rise of Modern Police and the Birth of Modern Criminal Procedure.
Welcome, Wes -- looking forward to your posts! Based on Wes' wide-ranging interests and expertise I'm guessing we're going to be hearing about a bunch of different topics.