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Authorities publicly offered more than $1 million in reward money during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. But thanks to "loopholes" in how those rewards were announced, it's likely no one will be able to collect.
As you may know, Dorner dominated the headlines in Southern California for a week after gunning down police officers and those related to them. He died in a cabin that went up in flames after being cornered by law-enforcement officers.
Several private citizens were instrumental in leading authorities to Dorner. But thanks to legal loopholes in how the rewards were worded, there may be nobody collecting the prize, reports TMZ.
Under contract law, reward offers can be considered unilateral contracts. But here's why the three rewards offered in the Dorner manhunt will likely go uncollected:
So are private citizens who assisted in Dorner's "cornering" out of luck? Probably, but that doesn't mean they can't try to collect anyway. If a citizen's claim for reward money is rejected, he could try to sue for breach of contract; a potential argument would be that a reward was offered, and that reasonable people would understand that "capturing" the suspect would also include his being "cornered."
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