Judge: Firefighters had right to enter home of pipe bomb suspect

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 4:32 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge says Maine volunteer firefighters did not violate an Alfred man’s constitutional rights when they went into his home without a warrant after receiving a report of an explosion.

When firefighters were inside the home of Robert Infante on June 25 they discovered several pipe bombs and about 100 marijuana plants.

Infante has claimed the search of his home was illegal. His lawyers asked U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich to exclude the evidence from Infante’s upcoming trial. Infante also wanted to exclude comments he made to investigators while being treated for injuries suffered in the explosion.

The Portland Press Herald said Rich ruled against Infante on both counts.