Even though several private citizens played a crucial part in locating Christopher Dorner, there may be a huge loophole preventing anyone from collecting any of the monetary rewards announced during the police search, according to a Feb. 13 TMZ report.
The Mayor of Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the “capture and conviction” of Dorner. That reward was reportedly funded by private groups.
Next up is the Los Angeles City Council reward of $100,000 for information leading to “the identification, apprehension and conviction” of Dorner.
Finally, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors offered a $100,000 reward for information “leading to the capture of Christopher Dorner.”
In light of recent events and Dorner’s death in the cabin fire, there are questions regarding the collection of these rewards, or loopholes as they have been referred to. Questions arise as to whether he was captured or just cornered. And the conviction issue is off the table.
With the Mayor’s award, it required both a capture and conviction. The City County, for its part, is reportedly struggling with interpretation issues. City County sources told TMZ that there is a disagreement brewing between the Legislative Analyst and the City Attorney over how to interpret the reward language.
The Board of Supervisors is not doing any better. Sources there told TMZ that “Dorner was cornered but not captured.”
If the legal debates continue, the likelihood that no one will collect any reward is pretty high. That is, unless these organizations depart from the strict interpretation of their self-imposed clauses.
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