Supreme Court refuses to hear case of Kan. doctor

Stephen and Linda Schneider (KSN File Photo)
Stephen and Linda Schneider (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a Kansas doctor and his wife convicted in a moneymaking conspiracy linked to 68 overdose deaths.

The court on Monday denied without comment a petition seeking a hearing for Stephen and Linda Schneider, who ran a pain clinic in Haysville.

The Schneiders were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering. Stephen Schneider was sentenced to 30 years, and his wife to 33 years.

The decision lets stand a federal appeals court ruling that the Schneiders waived their right to conflict-free legal representation. New lawyers for the couple had argued their trial attorneys were little more than “mouthpieces” for an advocate for chronic pain patients who used the case to promote her agenda. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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