Could Colton Harris-Moore Profit From His Crimes? Legal Analyst Says Yes

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Jesse James, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, all legendary bad guys who made their way into the movies.

Now comes Colton Harris Moore.

He's been featured in Maxim Magazine and Time and if you Google *hero bandits he come up number one, but in his old Camano Island neighborhood people are not at all happy about the possibility of his name in lights and him getting paid for what he's done.

All one needs to do is look at Colton Harris-Moore's Facebook fan page to see a movie about his life could be a summer blockbuster. The page has 86,000 fans and growing.

But on Camano Island where his crime spree began there won't be a rush to the theater and they certainly don't want him rushing to the bank.

We asked Camano Island resident Kay Duskin, "Do you think Colton Harris-Moore should be able to profit from selling his story? She responded, No, absolutely not."

Camano Island resident Troy Wheatley says, "Harris-Moore should give the money back to the people he stole it from."

The fact of the matter is at least one movie will certainly be made.

Orcas island author Bob Friel is writing a book about the Barefoot Bandit and earlier this year, 20th Century Fox bought the rights and announced plans to call the movie "Taking Flight: The Hunt For A Young Outlaw."

But will Harris-Moore ever see a dime of the profits on the story of his life?

Washington has the "Son of Sam" law which prevents criminals and their "representatives" from making money off their crimes.

Legal analyst Anne Bremner says the answer is complicated.

Bremner says, "The law was struck down in New York in a case called Simon and Shuster in 1991 and its been struck down in about a third of the states but it is good law in Washington State."

Still, Bremner says that doesn't mean it will always be good law in Washington and she believes the Barefoot Bandit could be the perfect person to challenge it.

Bremner says, "This case is so notorious, but so popular that I think that a challenge to Son Of Sam made in this case would be very watched, could be very interesting and it might be the time that we see a potentially successful challenge. There is probably a lot of people in Island County that won't like that."

Including Troy Wheatley. "He's looking at ten years I heard? Give him 12. I have no sympathy."

Bob Friel, the Orcas Island author who's writing Harris-Moore's book. He was in the Bahamas when the arrest happened.

He's putting the final touches on the book that could soon end up on the big screen.

Meanwhile Harris Moore has a high powered attorney and his mother is said to have hired an entertainment lawyer of her own.

We have calls into that attorney's office, but have yet to get a response.

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