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Platte County Prosecutor Considers Appeal Of Reprimand

PLATTE CITY, Mo- Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says he is considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a reprimand he received for publicly naming and criticizing some residents of a northwest Missouri town who defended a convicted child sex offender.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday reprimanded Zahnd for violating professional conduct rules. The court did not suspend Zahnd’s license and the ruling doesn’t affect his ability to remain as prosecutor.

The Kansas City Star reports Zahnd said Wednesday he does not believe he violated professional conduct rules.

Missouri’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint against Zahnd after he issued a news release naming residents of Dearborn who wrote letters supporting Darren Paden while Paden was awaiting sentencing for sexually abusing a young girl for more than a decade.

Information from: The Kansas City Star