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

by Bill Hayes

In L.A. wants court to revive law allowing motel guest registry searches, the Los Angeles Times reports on a case to be heard this term by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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 Los Angeles Police Department for inspection.”

A group of motel owners went to court and complained of police searches at all hours of the night. Some said they ran their motels as family businesses and they objected to late-night inspections. [more]