Loophole Threatens $1M Dorner Reward It was for the capture 'and conviction' of the fugitive By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 13, 2013 3:25 PM CST 198 comments Comments A law enforcement officer stands by a roadblock at Route 38 near Big Bear, Calif., on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) (Newser) – Christopher Dorner's all-but-certain demise came thanks to the help of a few civilians, notably the two people who entered what they thought was an empty cabin only to be accosted by the fugitive and tied up. (Update: Turns out, they weren't maids.) One of them managed to call for help after he left, and police were in hot pursuit of Dorner in no time. So at least one of the pair has a claim to the mayor's $1 million reward, right? Maybe not, reports TMZ. The reward stipulates that it's for information leading to the "capture and conviction" of Dorner, who is believed to have died in yesterday's cabin showdown before he could be convicted of anything. Similar wording applies to two lesser awards of $100,000 each. In short, it's a judgment call, and all depends on how generous the mayor's office and the organizations that donated the money are feeling. Rewards this big are handled on a "case-by-case basis," an LAPD spokesman tells Daily Intel, which has more details.