CA8: Patel didn’t bar police requesting look at hotel registry in looking for bank robbers; third-party doctrine applies

City of Los Angeles v. Patel didn’t make the police look at a hotel registry a search. Defendants were suspected of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in printing bogus checks and cashing them. Police went to a motel where they believed defendants were and asked to see the registry. The third-party doctrine applies. United States v. Sesay, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 27378 (8th Cir. Sept. 11, 2019).

Defendant officers don’t get qualified immunity at the pleading stage of this case because plaintiff alleges facts which constituted serious violations of rights including extortion that no “good faith” defense would apply to. Bradley v. Franklin, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 27344 (11th Cir. Sept. 11, 2019).*

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