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Supreme Court boosts privacy rights in hotel case

A sharply-divided Supreme Court boosted privacy rights Monday by striking down as unconstitutional a Los Angeles city ordinance requiring hotel operators to show a list of registered guests to the police on demand.

In a 5-4 decision, the court held that the guest-registry law violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches because the legislation gave hotel managers no chance to seek a ruling from a judge or magistrate before complying with a police request.

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