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Monthly Archive: April 2011

April 1, 2011

PA Superior Court Rejects Random Searches of Home as Condition of Probation

In the recently decided case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Alexander, No. 2555 EDA 2008, 2011 WL 941191, 2011 PA Super 54 (March 18, 2011), the PA Superior Court considered whether a condition of the defendant’s probation which subjected him to random searches of his residence violated his rights under both the federal and Pennsylvania Constitutions. The defendant had entered an open guilty plea to violations of the Uniform Firearms Act, and was sentenced to 1-2 years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of reporting probation. The judge also imposed a condition on his...

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