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Will Moose give movie money back? ^ | Friday, June 6, 2003 | By Paul Sperry

Posted on 06/06/2003 12:51:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- An ethics board here is reviewing whether Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose must return a $4,250 movie-consulting fee he pocketed before it denied him permission to profit from such deals related to the Beltway sniper case he led last fall.

Moose and his wife deposited the payment from Cates/Doty Productions Inc. of Hollywood into a personal checking account earlier this year.

The Montgomery County Ethics Commission learned of the payment just before it recently denied Moose's request for a waiver from a county law barring officials from profiting from the prestige of their office.

What action the five-member panel might take at this point is not immediately clear.

"I can't say whether a complaint has or hasn't been filed," said Judson Garrett, associate county attorney. "It's confidential."

Cates/Doty, which develops and produces motion pictures and TV mini-series and specials, such as NBC's "Confessions: Two Faces of Evil," bought an 18-month option on Moose's life story. Moose cannot consult with another producer during that period.

It also promised to pay him more money when the planned TV movie is made, and even more when it is broadcast.

The ethics panel's decision effectively blocks any future movie payments, however, as well as advance money from a book deal Moose negotiated for at least $170,000.

Moose is pressing ahead with the projects, while suing the county for allegedly violating his rights to free speech and expression.

"I know I am a governmental employee, but I am also a U.S. citizen," Moose warned the panel in a March 10 letter obtained by WorldNetDaily. "It cannot possibly be in the county's best interest to challenge my First Amendment rights."

But Garrett explains that the county is not stopping Moose from expressing his thoughts about his career, including the sniper case, in a book or movie. He just can't make money from it while in office.

"We're not opposed to him exercising his right to free speech," he told WorldNetDaily. "It's fee speech that we think the ethics law prohibits."

Moose's lawyer, Ronald A. Karp, declined comment.

"We've decided not to comment any further until there's some progress in the case," Karp said in a phone interview. "I mean, the commission has not even had an opportunity to file an answer in federal court."

The court has advised the county it has until June 17 to file an answer, Garrett says.

Moose also asked for an ethics waiver to start a consulting business with his wife, one that would take advantage of his national fame and experience from managing the sniper investigation.

The ethics commission still has not ruled on that request, Garrett says.

The couple set up the limited partnership, called Two Moose -- A Caring Partnership, to lecture clients on "crisis management" and "diversity," according to Moose's March 10 letter.

Records show they applied for a Maryland state charter to operate the private, for-profit business just four weeks after the Beltway snipers were finally caught. Their bloody three-week rampage claimed 13 victims.

Upon questioning, Sandy Herman-Moose told the ethics panel in a March 3 closed-door hearing that she had already lectured at the National Institute of Justice, for one, but had charged only for travel expenses.

Moose is the highest-paid county official, earning more than $160,000 a year, not including money he makes from teaching at a local college.

In his March 10 plea to the ethics panel, he offered to donate a "portion" of his proceeds from the book and movie deals to charity.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: chiefmoose; malvo; moose; muhammad; snipers
Friday, June 6, 2003

Quote of the Day by scarab9

1 posted on 06/06/2003 12:51:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
THat guy (MOOSE) did a terrible job, he had the Snipers - and let them go. They had them on tape running red lights (with the license plate), and continued looking for the white men in the white van. They even had them on video in Virginia leaving the hotel where the call was made while they busted those painters in the white van. 100 cops outside and these guys slink out after calling the Sniper hot-line from their hotel room.

They left notes, clues, slept in rest stops with guns on their laps, and called the Sniper hot-line and told them they were the SNIPERS - and they were hung up on FOUR Times. All this while more people were killed.

If Moose was white, I'm sorry to say, the media would've hounded that guy and he would've been fired days after the event. But, he's since he was an Affirmative Action character - he's a hero.

There are parrallels between Jason Blair (NYT) and Moose.

Of course, one has to analyze the SNIPER situation independently to come to the conclusion that it was terribly mishandled. The media will only praise Moose due to his minority status, and most of us have been so bombarded with positive spin about Moose's performance. Independent, objective analysis shows terrible incompetence and shoddy detective work.

2 posted on 06/06/2003 3:21:21 AM PDT by Oak
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To: Oak
Moose permitted more murders by his coverup of the truth.

He is thus an accomplice to the later murders.

He should be fired, not rewarded.

3 posted on 06/06/2003 3:26:54 AM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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To: Diogenesis
How can he write a book about an ONGOING case and not impact that case? The lawyers of the 2 snippers can use it to help get their clients off I would think on technicalities.
4 posted on 06/06/2003 4:08:29 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action
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To: GailA
I don't know about the rest of you, by I'm starting to get really flushstrated wiff dis guy!
5 posted on 06/06/2003 4:52:10 AM PDT by KevinB
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To: JohnHuang2
Moose clearly violated Montgomery County's ethics policy when he cashed the check. There now is sufficinet cause to fire the idiot without further discusssion, IMO.

And all the J. Cochranes and all Jesse's men, won't be able to put Moosie together again....

6 posted on 06/06/2003 4:56:07 AM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: KevinB
Who axed you? 8~)
7 posted on 06/06/2003 4:56:50 AM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: JohnHuang2; Prince Charles
Sounds as though Moose didn't tell the board about this payment. Surely he was under an obligation to do so.
8 posted on 06/06/2003 5:09:31 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Unreal... I hadn't heard about this latest flap with Moose. Thanks for the ping.
9 posted on 06/06/2003 5:29:55 AM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: JohnHuang2
County Police Chief Charles A. Moose can apply to be relieved of active military duty at any time -- and his request has a pretty good chance of being approved....."Chief Moose has been recalled to active duty in a time of need," said Subin, a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve who was called up for six months during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War. "That has to take priority over everything else."
10 posted on 06/06/2003 5:42:19 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay; Prince Charles
So, either Moose prefers to draw both his police chief's salary plus full-time pay as a major in the Air Force, or the atmosphere at Montgomery County Police headquarters has gotten too hostile for him.
11 posted on 06/06/2003 6:02:07 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: fight_truth_decay; All
Moose's agent is also the agent for Jayson Blair: The Story-Seller: Those With Tales to Tell Turn to 'the Vig' .
12 posted on 06/06/2003 6:11:28 AM PDT by aristeides
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