- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge says Burlington can’t require hotels and motels to turn over the names of their guests to police without a warrant.

The Burlington Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1NuuiC8) that District Court Judge Steven Messick ruled Thursday the local ordinance is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down a law that forced Los Angeles hotel owners to hand over their guest registries without requiring search warrants or court review.

Messick’s ruling was in the case of a man whose name police recognized on a hotel registry and later charged with drug possession.

Burlington ordinance requires hotels and motels to keep their guest registries for as long as a year and allow them to be inspected by police or face a $500 fine.

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Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com

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