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Private search

NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit upheld the admission of evidence found by Border Patrol agents after a Texas hotel manager opened the door to a room containing an undocumented immigrant. The manager originally offered to open the room, but the agents said no, explaining the occupants did not answer and had a reasonable expectation of privacy. The manager opened the door of his own volition and walked away; because he was not acting as a government agent, the search did not implicate the Fourth Amendment.

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