Dan McCue reports:
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotels to maintain a guest register subject to police inspection without a warrant.
The 5-4 decision upheld a ruling by the Ninth Circuit.
In an opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court held that denying hotel owners the opportunity to challenge police requests to view the register “creates an intolerable risk that searches authorized [by the ordinance] will exceed statutory limits, or be used as a pretext to harass hotel operators and their guests.
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