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No Random Motel Checks

Olympia, WA - The State Supreme Court overturned a case yesterday that will change how police can find suspects.  Police can no longer randomly check motel registers for criminals.  There has to be other suspicion of a crime.  The State Supreme Court made the ruling yesterday by the count of 7 to 2.  The justices overturned a Pierce County case that came to them on appeal.  Back in 2003 a sheriff's deputy working in Lakewood checked the Golden Lion Motel register as part of his routine and found a guest who had had outstanding felony warrants.  Deputies then went to Timothy Jorden's room and arrested him after finding illegal drugs. Jorden was convicted in Pierce County superior court sentenced to 22 months in prison.  The overturning of this case sets a new precident for police.

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