Could feds keep Barefoot Bandit, mom from profit?

SEATTLE (AP) - The tale of the Barefoot Bandit seems Hollywood-ready, with 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore allegedly dodging police in stolen planes, cars and boats before getting caught in the Bahamas.

An entertainment lawyer hired to represent Harris-Moore's mother, Pam Kohler, says he's being swamped with offers for movie and book rights.

But some legal experts say prosecutors could insist the pair turn over any future publicity profits in exchange for a shorter prison sentence for Harris-Moore. The goverment could use the money to repay victims.

Kohler's attorney, O. Yale Lewis, says the family has not solicited any offers, and talk of the pair profiting is just speculation. But he says it would be "grossly unfair" to require Kohler to give up future profits when she's not accused of breaking any laws.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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