"Do Not Disturb" Does Not Apply to Drugs 4-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

"Do Not Disturb" Does Not Apply to Drugs 4-14-2011

A "do not disturb" sign on a hotel room might not mean much past checkout time.
A federal appeals court says a man caught with cocaine in Benton Harbor had no right to privacy when a housekeeper discovered the drugs while trying to clean the room after the hotel's checkout deadline.
Denois Lanier's belongings still were in his room at a Comfort Suites, and he had a "do not disturb" sign on the doorknob. Police arrested him when he returned.
The appeals court noted Thursday that Lanier didn't ask the hotel to extend his stay.
The court says a guest does not have a permanent right to a room. Lanier appealed his case after pleading guilty in federal court in Grand Rapids and getting a 40-month prison sentence.
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