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Prostitute has Common and Apparent Authority to Consent to Search Room in Which She is Working

In United States v. Murray, No. 15-2054, 2016 WL 1697082 (3d Cir., April 28, 2016), Defendant challenged his conviction for distribution of crack cocaine and related offenses. In Murray, Bensalem police were investigating alleged prostitution in the area. Police had been informed by the owner of the at the Sunrise Motel that a suspected prostitute had been picked up at the motel by someone driving a green Cadillac. Police also received a tip on that same day from a woman named “Jessica Brown” that a man named “Mills” drove a green Cadillac. Ms. Brown informed police that “Mills” was currently residing at the Knights Inn, and he had drugs in his possession. During the evening on the same day that they had received these two tips, police observed a green Cadillac at a third motel, the Neshaminy Motor Inn. Police learned that the owner of the green Cadillac was Defendant, and he had rented one room at the motor inn. By this time, police also had learned that Defendant had rented two room…