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Supreme Court appears to lean in favor of allowing searches of motel registries
Supreme Court appears to lean in favor of allowing searches of motel registries

The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments in a Los Angeles case, sounded prepared Tuesday to revive a city ordinance that gives the police the authority to regularly check motels' guest registries without search warrants. City officials say these routine police checks are needed to combat sex trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing at low-budget motels.  Last year, an appeals court struck down the city's ordinance as a violation of the 4th Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches. Scores of cities and the Justice Department joined in support of the city's appeal and argued that publicly held business records are not protected as if they were private...

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