W.D.Wash.: Motel 6’s own policy of giving ICE & DHS its customer names doesn’t bring it within Patel

Motel 6 in Washington state was providing guest registry information to ICE and DHS, and the state sued them in state court. It was removed to federal court. The case is remanded. Because Motel 6 was providing it voluntarily, Patel doesn’t apply. Remanded to state court for proceedings under state law. Washington v. Motel 6 Operating LP, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84134 (W.D. Wash. May 18, 2018).

The alleged shortcomings in the CI’s credibility were presented to the issuing state court judge, and that judge determined there still was a substantial basis for finding probable cause. Considering the deference that a search warrant gets in a motion to suppress, this court agrees. United States v. Reed, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84863 (D. Minn. May 21, 2018).*

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