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Chris Dorner

$1 Million Reward ...

Big Loophole

2/13/2013 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Several private citizens were instrumental in cornering cop killer Christopher Dorner ... but there may be a gigantic loophole preventing any of them from collecting the loot.

There are 3 rewards.  The Mayor of L.A. announced a $1 million reward -- funded by private groups -- for information leading to the "capture and conviction" of Dorner.  Big problem -- technically speaking, Dorner must be both captured AND convicted to trigger the reward.

The L.A. City Council offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to "the identification, apprehension, and conviction" of Dorner.  Again ... no conviction.   City Council sources tell us there's already a disagreement between the Legislative Analyst and the City Attorney over how to interpret the reward language.

And finally ... the L.A. County Board of Supervisors offered a $100,000 reward for information "leading to the capture of Christopher Dorner."  One source at the Board of Supervisors tells TMZ,  "Dorner was cornered but not captured."

Translation ... technically speaking, no one may be entitled to the reward.  It's unclear if the Mayor, the City Council and the Board of Supervisors will bend the rules.

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roadrunner94    

Not surprised. This coming from a bankrupt state. Where was the city council going to get this money from?

564 days ago
17.

Laura    

Sort of like "The Donald"--he always leaves himself an out when he's offering big money.

564 days ago
18.

tdr9    

So when is the movie coming out?

564 days ago
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nicaw    

It's always the fine print. If Dorner died in the fire or shot himself I consider that conviction. For me it's simple, if law enforcement would not have found him without those tips, they need to pay the tipsters. If they don't pay, law enforcement will have a harder time getting tips in the future. That's what they should consider.

564 days ago
20.

dimes    

The weasel-word language in the reward offers makes it seem as if whoever was offering it never intended to deliver. Especially in this case, where it was highly likely the suspect was never going to be taken alive.

564 days ago
21.

bernergirl    

This does not help prove Donner's point, about corruption and not trusting the police and government agencies

564 days ago
22.

DeeMaree    

Rip off.

564 days ago
23.

Tara    

They always have an out to avoid paying these rewards. Just another scam!! They are no different then any other criminal except they stand behind the court and badges.

564 days ago
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james    

HAHAHA tellin got u no where lol never believe what cops tell u lol they already knew they were gonna kill him. So make it easy for them they offered 1 milli just to help find him so they could kill him so you get no ends lls what a bag of boobs lol

564 days ago
25.

JC    

Well... Next time there is a cop killer on the loose and I spot him I'll just let him go on by and not report it.

564 days ago
26.

Dude    

I cant even believe this is being debated.

THE REWARD MONEY SHOULD BE DIVIDED OUT TO THE VICTIMS FAMILIES.

It's pretty f'ing stupid that anyone is bitching about not getting reward money. Just do the right thing and split this money with the victims families.

564 days ago
27.

Larry    

This is exactly why trust has all but disappeared. Say one thing loud and clear but fail to mention the fine print. Total B.S. I think.

564 days ago
28.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

This is an 'Exclusive'? Srsly TMZ!? Are you fvcking kidding me???

This isn't even a story. That is the de facto standard wording on every reward offered by law enforcement nationwide. That's how it works. That's always been how it works.

Jesus Christ stop trolling the comment sections for new "exclusive' story ideas!

564 days ago
29.

lolurdumb    

They knew know hes never gonna be convicted. Cops wanted him dead asap before he could talk.

564 days ago
30.

Wow ...    

The LAPD and County better provide the reward, otherwise they will merely prove Dorner to be right - they are corrupt. Nor will people in the future get involved in manhunts or believe in anything they say.

564 days ago
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