In the hearing this week, Zahnd said putting the names of prominent members of the community in the press release would send the message that members of the community with influence--Paden had been chief of the Dearborn Fire Department and was active in the community in other ways--are not above the law and not entitled to light sentencing for their perceived “good deeds” in the community.Zahnd said--and I can personally vouch for him on this--that he has always been a supporter of the fact that our courts are open and transparent.
Hopefully politics will not come into play in any decision.
****** What is clear is that some folks had their feelings hurt and may have “felt” intimidated.
Listen, if you sent a letter to a judge asking for leniency for an admitted child molester with the mistaken belief your letter would go unnoticed by anyone other than the judge and you later find out from the prosecutor that, oops, the letter you sent is public information and the fact you wrote such a letter is going to be known by the general public--you’re going to feel a lot of emotions.
Perhaps, if you’re the skittish type, you might even temporarily feel a lack of control over your bodily functions. And it should not be a career-damaging moment for a widely respected prosecutor.
Including: •The proposal to allow open carry of firearms in the county administration building. (Find Ivan Foley on Twitter @ivanfoley, find him on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and You Tube. Watch him on Landmark Live every Thursday night at 6 p.m.
•County officeholders voting their elected positions a pay raise effective 2019. on Facebook) A big day in Kansas City on Tuesday as voters head to the polls to decide the fate of the proposed new single terminal KCI Airport.At question based on the allegations O’Connor put in his complaint is whether Zahnd tried to intimidate witnesses, specifically some of those who had written character reference letters to the judge on behalf of Paden, letters that in effect were written with the intent of gaining leniency for the man who had already confessed guilt to repeated awful acts against a young girl over a period of years.Paden had admitted to sexually abusing a young girl for more than a decade.Remember in last week’s column when I speculated this week would be nutty? ****** For up to 16 hours (a little less than that if you count the lunch breaks) testimony was given in the ethics complaint against Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd by John O’Connor, a criminal defense attorney.As you’ll see in our report on the front page, the hearing was held in a meeting room at City Hall in Platte City.Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site Tech Republic.