Eric Zahnd, Platte County prosecutor, says the death penalty prevents crime. Not so fast

Earlier this week, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd sent out a press release defending the death penalty as a crime deterrent. Zahnd tells The Pitch that the press release was the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ response to anti-death-penalty activists who lobbied at the state capitol yesterday

The group’s press release cited the results of a 2002 Emory University study that claims to prove that every U.S. execution prevents 18 murders.

We asked Sean O’Brien, adjunct law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, if he was familiar with the study. He e-mailed several articles debunking the claims of the authors at Emory.

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