eric zahnd

Platte County

In a rare complaint against an elected prosecutor, the Missouri agency responsible for investigating allegations of lawyer wrongdoing has recommended that Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd be punished for professional misconduct.

The matter now goes before a disciplinary hearing panel – two lawyers and one non-lawyer – which will hear evidence and recommend what discipline, if any, to impose.

The Missouri Supreme Court is authorized to review the panel’s decision and impose punishment ranging from a public reprimand and suspension to disbarment.

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The Platte County Courthouse, ordinarily a sleepy rural outpost, is abuzz these days with intrigue. 

That's because a leading candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri is the subject of an ethics complaint that questions the propriety of his conduct in a sexual abuse case prosecuted by his office.

It’s becoming more clear why investigators  haven’t publicly identified the drug that killed a Park Hill High School Student October 4. 

Ethan Rickman, who was 14-years-old, died after taking what he thought was LSD.

Two 17 and 18-year-old women from Riverside have since been charged with selling  an imitation drug.  

Eric Zahnd is Platte County Prosecutor.

“The reality of this case is, to this day, we don’t know what killed this young man," said Zahn, five days after Rickman died. "That drug is at the lab being tested, even as we speak.”

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