Charles A. Moose, former police chief in Montgomery County, Md., has ended a dispute over his planned book on the Washington, D.C. sniper case by agreeing to repay the county $4,250. Moose dropped court actions challenging a county ethics commission ruling that barred him from entering into publishing and movie deals, the Washington Post reports. Moose signed a $170,000 contract with the Dutton publishing house to write the book. County law forbids employees to exploit the prestige of public office for personal gain.
The $4,250 was a payment from a Hollywood production company for an option to make a movie based on his role in investigating last fall’s three-week series of shootings, which left 10 dead and three wounded. It was the only outside money Moose received while serving as chief.
Moose is on active duty with the D.C. Air National Guard. Attorneys for sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad have asked a court to delay publication of Moose’s book until after Muhammad’s trial.