Ethics Panel Rejects Moose Request
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ An ethics panel says Police Chief Charles Moose cannot write a book or consult for a movie based on the hunt for the sniper suspects who terrorized the Washington area last year.
The Montgomery County Ethics Commission ruled Thursday that Moose may not undertake either project because he would be profiting from the prestige of his office.
The panel said earlier this month that Moose can keep his teaching job at Montgomery College because it complied with the ethics law, which limits how county employees can profit from their jobs.
Moose, a daily fixture on national television during the string of shootings in October, can appeal the decision.
Moose had not yet been notified of Thursday’s decision. He is a major in the Air National Guard and was called up Tuesday as part of the war mobilization, said his attorney, Ronald Karp.
Moose signed a deal in January to write a book, ``Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the D.C. Sniper,″ to be published in the fall. He also agreed to consult for a television movie. He has not disclosed the terms of those deals.
But the county’s ethics commission said the movie and book deals violate the portion of the ethics law that prohibits employees from using the prestige of their office for private gain.
``I totally disagree with the opinion,″ Moose’s wife, Sandy, told The (Baltimore) Sun in Friday’s editions.