Montgomery County, Md. Police Chief Charles A. Moose has filed a federal lawsuit against his county’s Ethics Commission. The Washington Post reports that he maintains that efforts to bar him from writing a book about last fall’s sniper manhunt violate his free speech rights.
The commission ruled in March that the for-profit venture violated “bedrock principles” of county ethics law. Still, he has finished seven chapters. The book is due for a fall release.
One key question in weighing the merits of Moose’s lawsuit is whether the commission would bar him from proceeding if he were not being paid. His book contract is at least $170,000; the value of a separate movie deal has not been disclosed.
Also, attorneys for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo, 18, plan to ask that his scheduled Nov. 10 trial be moved out of Fairfax County, Va., arguing that news reports have prejudiced potential jurors against Malvo.