Adam Liptak reports:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to let the police in Los Angeles inspect hotel and motel guest registries without permission from a judge.
A lawyer for the city, E. Joshua Rosenkranz, told the justices that such surprise inspections are vital to law enforcement.
This case is about whether to deprive scores of cities of one of the most effective tools that they have developed to deter human trafficking, prostitution and drug crimes that have seized the ground in America’s hotels and motels,” he said.
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