Should the government have the authority to search hotel records and obtain personal information about guests without a warrant?
No. That would violate the privacy of both the hotel and the hotel's guests.
I said get a warrant (as that's how it ought to be), but the privacy of your records is a civil matter between you and the hotel. It's not a violation of your 4th amendment protections for the police to ask for those records.
Right now, LAPD can force hotels to show their records even if they do not want to do so.
Get a warrant. It's a rubber stamp judge anyway.
I'm probably always going to come down on the side of "get a warrant".
Where's the small government conservatives? This is something we can agree on- any search for any person should require a warrant, including the NSA wiretap a
If there is reason to suspect one of those crimes listed in the blog, they should have no problem getting a warrant
That is a lame excuse, the same could be argued with any other search.
In short, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not warrantless searches of hotel records violate the Fourth Amendment's guarantee of the "right of the people to be secure . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures."