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 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.