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Gray (cop) v. Martino (crime victim)
Procedural History
 Cop sues for reward money.
 District court awards money to the cop.
 Defendant appeals.
At the time the contract was formed, was the plaintiff acting as a police officer
charged with a legal duty to catch criminals without further reward?
 Plaintiff makes a verbal contract with defendant. In return for $500, plaintiff
will find defendant's stolen jewels.
 Plaintiff had knowledge of whereabouts of jewels at contract formation.
 Plaintiff is a special police officer and has dealings with prosecutor's office.
 Defendant published advertisement for reward.
 Plaintiff finds stolen goods and arranges return.
Rule of Law
1. A public officer cannot demand or receive remuneration or a reward for
carrying out the duty of his job as a matter of public policy and morality
2. However, it is not against public policy for a police officer to receive a reward
in performance of his legal duty if the legislature pa