Montgomery County, Md. police chief Charles Moose’s proposal for book and movie deals related to the sensational sniper case that began in his county were rejected by an ethics panel. A five-member county commission said the deals would run counter to “bedrock principles” of the county’s laws. county ethics law. “It is not in the best interest of the County to allow its employees to trade on their government activities for private gain in such a direct and immediate fashion,” the five-member panel ruled, said the Washington Post. “These principles are at the core of the prohibition against using the prestige of one’s office for private gain.” If he wants to pursue the projects, Moose’s options would include resigning or appealing to a state court. Meanwhile, Moose was called up on active duty with the Air National Guard; Montgomery County named a temporary replacement chief.