Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole v. Scott

Supreme Court of the United States

524 U.S. 357 (1998)

June 22, 1998

The exclusionary rule does not apply to parole revocation hearings.

Relevant Facts

The Defendant (Scott), was released on parole. One condition of Scott’s parole was to refrain from owning a firearm or weapon. Scott also signed an agreement consenting to searches (without a warrant) of his house by parole agents. Later, parole officers obtained an arrest warrant based on evidence that Scott violated his parole and arrested him. Before being transferred to prison, Scott gave the officers keys to his house. Officers entered Scott’s house, but waited until the real owner of the house, Scott’s mother, to arrive before conducting the search. Officers found five firearms and a bow and arrow. During Scott’s parole violation hearing, Scott unsuccessfully objected to introducing evidence obtained during the search because it violated the Fourth Amendment. The evidence was admitted and Scott was recommitted.

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November 30, 2020

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Citations

524 U.S. 357 (1998)