Commonwealth v. Hunter 2008 PA Super 294 (12/31/2008)

Topic: Parolee-Validity of Search

Summary: Regardless of any waivers a parolee may have signed, the search of a parolee’s home must be supported by reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion exists where a parolee is in violation, the parolee has absconded from supervision, and the officers are attempting to find information pertaining to the parolee’s whereabouts. Judge Freedberg wrote a concurring opinion to emphasize the fact that reasonable suspicion existed in this situation only because the Appellant was a known absconder, was suspected to be in violation of his probation, and because Appellant’s aunt gave consent to the search.