Wesley M. Oliver, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.

Wesley M. Oliver

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, and Professor of Law
School of Law
Law

Room 227, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.5846
oliverw@duq.edu
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1886006

Education:

J.S.D, Yale University Law School, 2009
LL.M., Yale University Law School, 2004
J.D., University of Virginia, 1996
B.A., University of Virginia, 1992
Bio

Wesley M. Oliver is associate dean for faculty scholarship, director of the criminal justice program, and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law. He teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. 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 hosted 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. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Courses

FALL 2018
Criminal Procedure: The Police Function (01)
Evidence (61)

SPRING 2019
Criminal Law (02)
Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail (61)

FALL 2019
Criminal Procedure: The Police Function (01)
Evidence (61)

Honors/Professional Affiliations

Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award, June 2015

Vincent L. McKusick Award, State Bar of Maine Award for Best Article in Maine Bar Journal 2008, June 2009

John H. Streiker Research Grant, Yale Law School, Summer 2008

Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Grant, Harvard Law School, Summer 2005

Scholarship

Books

The Prohibition Era and Policing: a Legacy of Misregulation
Wesley M. Oliver, The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misegulation (Vanderbilt Univ. Press 2018). http://www.vanderbilt.edu/university-press/book/9780826521880

Experiencing Criminal Law
Wesley M. Oliver and Gabriel J. Chin, Experiencing Criminal Law (West 2015).

Tennessee Criminal Law: Cases and Materials
Douglas A. Blaze and Wesley M. Oliver. Tennessee Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (West 2011).

Evidence: Common Law and Federal Rules of Evidence
Wesley M. Oliver, Paul Rice, Dale B. Durrer and Kirsha Weyandt Trychta, Evidence: Common Law and Federal Rules of Evidence (Seventh ed., Lexis Nexis 2015).

Articles

Reducing Subjectivity and Bias in an Officer's Analysis of Suspicion in Drug Interdiction Stops
Wesley Oliver, Arthur Crivella and Morgan Gray, Reducing Subjectivity and Bias in an Officer's Analysis of Suspicion in Drug Interdiction Stops, in Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law 254-255 (2019).

Coding Suspicion
Arthur Crivella, Wesley M. Oliver, and Morgan Gray, Coding Suspicion, 313 Legal Knowledge and Information Systems 190-194 (December 2018). http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/legal-knowledge-and-information-systems-jurix-2...

Prohibition's Anachronistic Exclusionary Rule
Wesley Oliver, Prohibition's Anachronistic Exclusionary Rule, 67 DePaul L.R. 473 (Spring 2018). http://via.library.depaul.edu/law-review/vol67/iss3/3/

Bill Cosby, the Lustful Disposition Exception, and the Doctrine of Chances
Wesley M. Oliver, Bill Cosby, the Lustful Disposition Exception, and the Doctrine of Chances, 93 Wash. U.L. Rev. 1131 (2016). https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716148

Amnesty International Report on Police Use of Force
Wesley M. Oliver, Amnesty International Report on Police Use of Force, Jurist.org, July 2, 2015.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Choice of Counsel and the Appearance of Equal Justice Under Law
Wesley M. Oliver, Choice of Counsel and the Appearance of Equal Justice Under Law, 109(4) Nw. U.L.R. 1117-1130.

Standards of Legitimacy in Criminal Negotiations
Wesley M. Oliver with Rishi Batra, Standards of Legitimacy in Criminal Negotiations¸20 Harv. Negot. L. Rev. 61 (2015).

Prohibition, Stare Decisis, and the Lagging Ability of Science to Influence Criminal Procedure
Wesley M. Oliver, Prohibition, Stare Decisis, and the Lagging Ability of Science to Influence Criminal Procedure, 105 J. Crim. L. Criminology 101 (forthcoming 2015).

Charles Lindbergh, Caryl Chessman, and the Exception Proving the (Potentially Waning) Rule of Broad Prosecutorial Discretion
Wesley M. Oliver, Charles Lindbergh, Caryl Chessman, and the Exception Proving the (Potentially Waning) Rule of Broad Prosecutorial Discretion, 20 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 1 (2015). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2476911

Jerry Sandusky, George Zimmerman, and the Ethics of Counsel's Use of the Media
Wesley M. Oliver with Rebecca Silinski, Jerry Sandusky, George Zimmerman, and the Ethics of Counsel's Use of the Media, 67 Okla. L. Rev. 297 (2015).

Prohibition's Lingering Shadow: The Under-Regulation of Official Uses of Force
Wesley M. Oliver, Prohibition's Lingering Shadow: The Under-Regulation of Official Uses of Force, 80 Mo. L. Rev. 1037 (2015).

Choice of Counsel and the Appearance of Equal Justice Under Law
Wesley M. Oliver, Choice of Counsel and the Appearance of Equal Justice Under Law, 109 Nw. U.L. Rev. 1117 (2015).

Domestic Violence, Gun Possession, and the Importance of Context
Wesley M. Oliver, Domestic Violence, Gun Possession, and the Importance of Context, 90 Ind. L.J. Supplement 36 (2014).

Limiting Criminal Law's 'In for a Penny, In for a Pound' Doctrine
Wesley M. Oliver, Limiting Criminal Law's 'In for a Penny, In for a Pound' Doctrine, 103 Geo. L.J. Online 8 (2014). 

The Indirect Effects of Lafler and Frye
Wesley M. Oliver, The Indirect Effects of Lafler and Frye, 51 Duq. L. Rev. 633 (2013).

Chalk One Up for Reason and Logic at Sandusky Sentencing
Wesley M. Oliver, Chalk One Up for Reason and Logic at Sandusky Sentencing, NBCNews.com, October 9, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

What to Expect at Jerry Sandusky's Sentencing
Wesley M. Oliver, What to Expect at Jerry Sandusky's Sentencing, NBCNews.com, October 8, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Ex-Penn State Officials' Perjury Case Renews Sandusky Case Questions
Wesley M. Oliver, Ex-Penn State Officials' Perjury Case Renews Sandusky Case Questions, NBCNews.com, August 15, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

In Loughner Case, A Cost-Benefit Analysis to the Death Penalty
Wesley M. Oliver, In Loughner Case, A Cost-Benefit Analysis to the Death Penalty, NBCNews.com, August 6, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

In Aurora Massacre, Trial May Not Shed Much Light on Motive
Wesley M. Oliver, In Aurora Massacre, Trial May Not Shed Much Light on Motive, NBCNews.com, July 24, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Paterno Could Have Been Indicted If He'd Lived
Wesley M. Oliver, Paterno Could Have Been Indicted If He'd Lived, NBCNews.com, July 12, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Number of Victims Persuaded Jury in 'He Said He Said' Case
Wesley M. Oliver, Number of Victims Persuaded Jury in 'He Said He Said' Case, msnbc.com, June 23, 2012.

Sandusky's Lawyer Jeopardized His Client's Interests
Wesley M. Oliver, Sandusky's Lawyer Jeopardized His Client's Interests, msnbc.com, June 22, 2012.

Sandusky's Lawyer Made Strong Comeback in Closing Argument
Wesley M. Oliver, Sandusky's Lawyer Made Strong Comeback in Closing Argument, msnbc.com, June 21, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Faltering Defense Hurt Jerry Sandusky
Wesley M. Oliver, Faltering Defense Hurt Jerry Sandusky, msnbc.com, June 20, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES. https://usnews.newsvine.com/_news/2012/06/20/12323592-analysis-faltering-defense...

Prosecution Presented Strong Case Against Jerry Sandusky
Wesley M. Oliver, Prosecution Presented Strong Case Against Jerry Sandusky, msnbc.com, June 14, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Sandusky Lawyer Flummoxed by Witness Memory Lapse
Wesley M. Oliver, Sandusky Lawyer Flummoxed by Witness Memory Lapse, msnbc.com, June 13, 2012.
OP-EDS and Articles

Sandusky Defense Fails to Dent McQueary's Damning Testimony
Wesley M. Oliver, Sandusky Defense Fails to Dent McQueary's Damning Testimony, msnbc.com, June 12, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Plea Deal a Long Shot in Sandusky Sex Abuse Case
Wesley M. Oliver, Plea Deal a Long Shot in Sandusky Sex Abuse Case, msnbc.com, June 9, 2012.Plea Deal a Long Shot in Sandusky Sex Abuse Case, msnbc.com, June 9, 2012.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Western Union, the American Federation of Labor, Google, and the Changing Face of Corporate Privacy Advocates
Wesley M. Oliver, Western Union, the American Federation of Labor, Google, and the Changing Face of Corporate Privacy Advocates, 80 Miss. L.J. 971 (2012).

Toward a Common Law of Plea Bargaining
Wesley M. Oliver, Toward a Common Law of Plea Bargaining, 102 Ky. L.J. 1 (2012-2013). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2232258

America's First Wiretapping Controversy in Context and as Context
Wesley M. Oliver, America's First Wiretapping Controversy in Context and as Context, 34 Hamline L. Rev. 205 (2011).

The Modern History of Probable Cause
Wesley M. Oliver, The Modern History of Probable Cause, 78 Tenn. L. Rev. 377 (2011).

The Present and Future of Plea Bargaining: A Look at Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper
Wesley M. Oliver, The Present and Future of Plea Bargaining: A Look at Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper2011-2012 Cato Supreme Court Review 257.

Material Witness Detentions After Al-Kidd
Wesley M. Oliver, Material Witness Detentions After Al-Kidd, 100 Ky. L.J. 293 (2011-2012).

Ashcroft v. al-Kidd and Material Witness Detentions
Wesley M. Oliver, Ashcroft v. al-Kidd and Material Witness Detentions, Huffington Post, November 8, 2010.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

The Neglected History of Criminal Procedure, 1850-1940
Wesley M. Oliver, The Neglected History of Criminal Procedure1850-1940, 62 Rutgers L. R. 447 (2010). https://ssrn.com/abstract=1463746

How Iowa Does It
Wesley M. Oliver, How Iowa Does It, (Harrisburg) Patriot News, December 30, 2008.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Portland, Prohibition, and Probable Cause: Maine's Role in Shaping Modern Criminal Procedure
Wesley M. Oliver, Portland, Prohibition, and Probable Cause: Maine's Role in Shaping Modern Criminal Procedure, 23 Me. B.J. 211 (Fall 2008). https://ssrn.com/abstract=1341349

Why I Was a Campaign Volunteer
Wesley M. Oliver, Why I Was a Campaign Volunteer, (Harrisburg) Patriot News, January 7, 2008.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Iowans Are Really Engaged in the Caucus Process
Wesley M. Oliver, Iowans Are Really Engaged in the Caucus Process, (Harrisburg) Patriot News, December 23, 2007.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Recordings Can Protect Those Secretly Taped
Wesley M. Oliver, Recordings Can Protect Those Secretly Taped, (Harrisburg) Patriot News, June 17, 2007.
OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Rulings Lose Sight of Innocent
Wesley M. Oliver, Rulings Lose Sight of Innocent, (Harrisburg) Patriot News, June 3, 2007. OP-EDS and ARTICLES

Dred Scott and the Political Question Doctrine
Wesley M. Oliver, Dred Scott and the Political Question Doctrine, 16 Widener L.J. 13 (2007).

Magistrates' Examinations, Police Interrogations, and Miranda-Like Rules in the Nineteenth Century
Wesley M. Oliver, Magistrates' Examinations, Police Interrogations, and Miranda-Like Rules in the Nineteenth Century, 81 Tulane L. R. 777 (2007). https://ssrn.com/abstract=979536

Toward a Better Balance of the Costs and Benefits of the Exclusionary Rule
Wesley M. Oliver, Toward a Better Balance of the Costs and Benefits of the Exclusionary Rule, 9 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 201 (2005).

The Rise and Fall of Material Witness Detentions in Nineteenth Century New York
Wesley M. Oliver, The Rise and Fall of Material Witness Detentions in Nineteenth Century New York, 1 N.Y.U.J.L. Liberty 727 (2005). https://ssrn.com/abstract=1495202

A Round Peg in a Square Hole: Federal Forfeiture of State Professional Licenses
Wesley M. Oliver, A Round Peg in a Square Hole: Federal Forfeiture of State Professional Licenses, 28 Am. J. Crim. L. 179 (2001).

With an Evil Eye and an Unequal Hand: Pretextual Stops and Doctrinal Remedies to Racial Profiling
Wesley M. Oliver, With an Evil Eye and an Unequal Hand: Pretextual Stops and Doctrinal Remedies to Racial Profiling, 74 Tulane Law Review 1409 (2000).

Other

Prosecutors Reeled in Little Fish with Help of Big Ones in Mortgage Fraud Push
Wesley M. Oliver, Prosecutors Reeled in Little Fish with Help of Big Ones in Mortgage Fraud Push, Forbes.com, May 28, 2014.

Presentations

Coding Burglary
Wesley Oliver, Coding Burglary, presentation at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL (June 31, 2019).

Sarah Palin and Dual Sovereignty
Wesley Oliver, Sarah Palin and Dual Sovereignty, presentation at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL (June 30, 2019).

New Scholar's Workshop
Wesley Oliver, Commentator on new scholar's paper at New Scholar's Workshop, Boca Raton, FL (June 29, 2019).

AI Devices in Law Enforcement
Wesley Oliver, AI Devices in Law Enforcement, CLE at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL (June 28, 2019).

Reducing Subjectivity and Bias in an Officer's Analysis of Suspicion in Drug Interdiction Stops
Morgan Gray and Wesley Oliver, Reducing Subjectivity and Bias in an Officer's Analysis of Suspicion in Drug Interdiction Stops, presentation at Seventeenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law, Montreal, Quebec (June 18, 2019).

Alcohol Prohibition and the American Exclusionary Rule
Wesley Oliver, Alcohol Prohibition and the American Exclusionary Rule, presentation at University of Oxford Centre for Criminology, Oxford, UK (May 28, 2019).

Prohibition's Fourth Amendment Confessions Rule
Wesley Oliver, Prohibition's Fourth Amendment Confessions Rule, presentation at The Prohibition Era and Policing Conference (March 4, 2019).

Coding Suspicion
Wesley Oliver, Coding Suspicion, presentation at Jurix 2018: The 39th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Groningen, The Netherlands (December 12-14, 2018). http://jurix2018.ai.rug.nl/

How Prohibition Gave Us the Modern Fourth Amendment
Wesley Oliver, How Prohibition Gave Us the Modern Fourth Amendment, presentation at The Fourth Annual Constitutional Institute at George Washington's Mount Vernon: The Use and Abuse of the Fourth Amendment in Law Enforcement and Domestic Surveillance (Sept. 20-21, 2018).

The Prohibition Era and Policing
Wesley Oliver, The Prohibition Era and Policing, presentation at Rejebian Book Series, Dallas TX (June 13, 2018).

Prohibition Era and Policing
Wesley Oliver and Elaine Franz, Prohibition Era and Policing, round table discussion at Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA (May 24, 2018).

Third Circuit Review
Wesley Oliver (moderator), Third Circuit Review, panel discussion (May 2, 2018).

Prohibition's Surprising Role in the Under-Regulation of Police Brutality
Wesley Oliver, Prohibition's Surprising Role in the Under-Regulation of Police Brutality, presentation at Police Brutality: Its Chilling Effect and Innovative Solutions conference (April 6, 2018).

Criminal Law Update
Wesley M. Oliver, moderator, Criminal Law Update, Annual Conference of the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Apr. 25, 2015).

The Rapidly Expanding Good Faith Exception
Wesley M. Oliver, The Rapidly Expanding Good Faith Exception, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting (June 20, 2015). 

Grand Juries: How the Reasonableness Standard Protects Police and Preys on Racial Tensions
Wesley M. Oliver, panelist, Grand Juries: How the Reasonableness Standard Protects Police and Preys on Racial Tensions, Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference (Apr. 9, 2015).

Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: The Community and the Evolving Role of the Police
Wesley M. Oliver, Panelist, Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: The Community and the Evolving Role of the Police (Mar. 25, 2015).

The Law's Inability to Provide Closure in Ferguson
Wesley M. Oliver, The Law's Inability to Provide Closure in Ferguson, University of Missouri Law Review Symposium, Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson (Feb. 26, 2015).

Prohibition, Stare Decisis, and the Lagging Ability of Science to Influence Criminal Procedure
Wesley M. Oliver, Prohibition, Stare Decisis, and the Lagging Ability of Science to Influence Criminal Procedure, Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium (Nov. 7, 2014).

Making a Deal in Criminal Cases
Wesley M. Oliver, Making a Deal in Criminal Cases, ABA Conference on Alternative Dispute Resolution (Apr. 4, 2014).

Inherent Conflicts of Interest in High Profile Cases
Wesley M. Oliver, Inherent Conflicts of Interest in High Profile Cases, Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers (Oct. 3, 2013).

The Media and High Profile Trials
Wesley M. Oliver, The Media and High Profile Trials, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (May 8, 2013).

The Past and Present Supreme Court Terms
Wesley M. Oliver, The Past and Present Supreme Court Terms, presentation at Defense Lawyers' Roundtable (Nov. 2, 2012).

How Lafler and Frye Will Change Plea Bargaining
Wesley M. Oliver, How Lafler and Frye Will Change Plea Bargaining, presentation at Federalist Forum, University of Arizona, (Oct. 18, 2012).

Conflicts of Interest Between a Lawyer's Media Profile and His Duty to His Client
Wesley M. Oliver, Conflicts of Interest Between a Lawyer's Media Profile and His Duty to His Client, Widener University School of Law (Oct. 12, 2012).

Toward a Common Law of Plea Bargaining
Wesley M. Oliver, Toward a Common Law of Plea Bargaining, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Annual Criminal Law Section Meeting (May 31, 2012).

Plea Bargaining After Lafler and Frye
Wesley M. Oliver, Plea Bargaining After Lafler and Frye, Pennsylvania Superior Court Conference (Apr. 18, 2012).