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L.A. wants court to revive law allowing motel guest registry searches
L.A. wants court to revive law allowing motel guest registry searches

Los Angeles city attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to revive a local ordinance that gave police the authority to inspect guest-registration records of motels and hotels, arguing the surprise checks are needed to deter prostitutes and drug dealers and sometimes catch fugitives. The city's appeal in Los Angeles vs. Patel is one of hundreds that will be considered by the high-court justices when they meet privately Monday in preparation for a new term. Like dozens of cities across the nation, Los Angeles has long had a law requiring motel operators to keep records of their guests. The city's ordinance says these records "shall be made available to any officer of the...

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