When Said meets with the publishers to discuss Hill's book, they state that Hill's family would not get the money from the sales because the state has The Son of Sam Law. The law, which is designed to stop criminals from profiting from the story of their crimes, was named after serial killer David Berkowitz a.k.a. "the Son of Sam". The law authorizes the state to seize all the profits from a publishing deal and give them to the victim's family.
The law has remained controversial however, with detractors arguing it would have prevented the publishing of The autobiography of Malcolm X among other books. The law was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991 and struck down in New York, however it still remains in many other states, albeit rarely used.