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Supreme Court to decide L.A. hotel-motel privacy case
Supreme Court to decide L.A. hotel-motel privacy case

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a potentially far-reaching privacy dispute involving a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to enter a hotel and demand to see the guest registry without a court order. The Los Angeles Police Department says it uses surprise checks of those guest registries to crack down on prostitution, gambling and drug dealing. At least 70 cities across the nation have similar laws. But a group of motel owners went to court in Los Angeles and won a broad ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year holding that these inspections of private business records violated the 4th Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and...

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