Law Offices of Marc Neff
Experienced and aggressive Philadelphia lawyer for defense of criminal charges.
Call 24/7 (215) 563-9800

Uncategorized

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...

Continue reading "PA Superior Court Rejects Random Searches of Home as Condition of Probation" »

Posted by Marc Neff | Permalink | Email This Post

Posted in: Uncategorized

December 6, 2010

PA Supreme Court Finds Search of Woman’s Purse Unreasonable

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently reversed a decision by the Superior Court that a police officer had reasonable suspicion to conduct a warrantless search of a woman’s handbag for safety reasons based solely on the fact that the owner of the handbag was located inside a residence where another individual had been selling drugs. The case arose from an incident where, after a drug sale outside of a house, police officers obtained consent to search the home. Inside, they saw the Appellant sitting on a sofa with her handbag next to her on the floor. The officer testified that she had...

Continue reading "PA Supreme Court Finds Search of Woman’s Purse Unreasonable" »

Posted by Marc Neff | Permalink | Email This Post

Posted in: Uncategorized

November 15, 2010

Facebook Fraud a Serious Concern

Hacking of Facebook accounts has become a “major issue” for the popular social networking site. Richard Allan, Facebook’s head of European public policy, recently addressed the growing concern, promising that the site would counter the problem through the implementation of “sophisticated methods of tracking unusual user behavior.” Concern over user’s privacy arose recently after hackers gained access to the Facebook account Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of international law enforcement agency Interpol. The hackers had sought access to access to highly sensitive information...

Continue reading "Facebook Fraud a Serious Concern" »

Posted by Marc Neff | Permalink | Email This Post

Posted in: Uncategorized

November 10, 2010

Juror’s Use of iPhone Causes Mistrial in Manslaughter Case

The Florida Court of Appeals recently overturned a manslaughter conviction because a juror used his iPhone to look up a definition during jury deliberations. In 2006, Jose Tapanes was convicted of manslaughter after fatally shooting his neighbor during a heated argument. Tapanes claimed to have feared for his life at the time of the argument so as to render his decision to shoot his neighbor “prudent”, a term used both in closing arguments and in the jury instructions. After Tapanes was convicted, a juror informed defense counsel that the jury foreperson had used his smart phone during a...

Continue reading "Juror’s Use of iPhone Causes Mistrial in Manslaughter Case" »

Posted by Marc Neff | Permalink | Email This Post

Posted in: Uncategorized

September 22, 2010

New Jersey Court Throws Out State’s Fraud Suit Against Springsteen Ticket Sellers

The New Jersey Superior Court recently threw out a lawsuit filed by the State against ticket resellers Orbitz Worldwide and TicketNetwork Direct. The suit arose from the sale of tickets to Bruce Springsteen shows at Giants Stadium last year, six days before Ticketmaster began selling tickets. The state alleged that the resellers had violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act by offering tickets, some of which they did not actually possess or which did not correspond to actual seats, before they were made available to the public. Both Orbitz and TicketNetwork Direct operate as an internet...

Continue reading "New Jersey Court Throws Out State’s Fraud Suit Against Springsteen Ticket Sellers" »

Posted by Marc Neff | Permalink | Email This Post

Posted in: Uncategorized