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Chris Dorner: No arrest means no reward for unlucky threesome

No arrest or conviction means no reward in the Christopher Dorner case

Chris Dorner: No arrest means no reward for unlucky threesome

The fiery death of former LA police officer and retired United States Naval reservist Christopher Dorner late Tuesday has left questions over who can collect the $1.2 million reward in his case, according to CBS News.

As Dorner was cornered in a remote Big Bear cabin in California and presumably died in the ensuing fire, he was neither “captured” nor “convicted” as required by strict stipulations contained within each reward offer.

“The million dollar question goes unanswered,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and Fox/CNN legal contributor Eric Schwartzreich told Examiner.  “No arrest and no conviction equals no money.”

Now called into question are the three separate rewards offered for Christopher Jordan Dorner, the alleged quadruple murderer.

The first reward – $1 million offered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – and largely funded by private groups and anonymous donors, called for information leading to the “capture and conviction” of Dorner.  As Dorner was neither arrested nor convicted, the triggering mechanism for this reward was not met. This means no reward.

The second reward – $100.000 offered by the Los Angeles City Council – called for information leading to “the identification, apprehension, and conviction” of Dorner.  Although positive identification through dental records and DNA analysis is pending, Dorner was neither apprehended nor convicted.  This means no reward.

The third reward – $100.000 offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – called for “information leading to the capture” of Chris Dorner.  As Dorner was cornered and died in the cabin fire, he was cornered but not captured.  This again means no reward.

Translation for Karen and Jim Reynolds, who came across Dorner when they entered a cabin Tuesday in Big Bear, California, and Richard Heltebrake, who was carjacked near the boy scout camp where he worked – NO reward.

LAPD Officer Alex Martinez indicated that it was unlikely any of the rewards could be claimed as they required Dorner’s capture and conviction.

“There was no capture and no conviction. It’s kind of a no-brainer,” Martinez told CBS News on Wednesday.

“Many will say, one way for the LAPD to ensure that Dorner’s story of corruption dies with him, so nobody gets to know what he was willing to die for–while simultaneously saving a million bucks they’d otherwise be obliged to pay as their trumpeted ‘reward’ for his ‘arrest or capture,’ is to summarily kill Dorner themselves,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Contini, author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat, told Examiner.

Redacted from most media sources, the Chris Dorner manifesto can be found by clicking here.

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