Haysville clinic conspiracy linked to 68 deaths has new twist in case
In this May 10, 2010 photo, Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, of Haysville, Kan., leave the Federal Courthouse in Wichita, Kan. The Kansas doctor, accused of illegally prescribing drugs linked to 68 deaths, testified Thursday, May 27, 2010, that he knew some patients had died from overdoses, but he said his clinic changed its practices to prevent future overdoses. Schneider and his wife, Linda, are charged in a 34-count indictment with illegally prescribing drugs and committing health care fraud and money laundering. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle) Photo: Image by AP
A Kansas couple imprisoned for a moneymaking conspiracy at a Haysville clinic - linked to 68 overdose deaths - are challenging their convictions.
Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda Schneider, argued in a court filing Tuesday their lawyers were ineffective at their trial.
The Schneiders were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering at what prosecutors called a ``pill mill.'' Stephen Schneider was sentenced to 30 years and his wife to 33 years.
The 50-page document written by the doctor from federal prison outlines the defense he believes his lawyers should have presented. He contends they failed to use exculpatory evidence and witnesses.
Schneider argues his attorneys failed to show that prescriptions were for legitimate medical reasons and the conduct was within the bounds of professional practice.