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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) Image by AP
A federal appeals court in Denver has set the date for arguments on behalf of a former Kansas doctor and his wife convicted in a moneymaking conspiracy linked to 68 overdose deaths.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a hearing Nov. 7 in the case of Stephen and Linda Schneider, who ran a pain clinic in Haysville.
They 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.
New lawyers for the Haysville couple contend the Schneiders' trial attorneys were little more than ``mouthpieces'' for a patient advocate who used the case to promote her own agenda. The government says the Schneiders got a fair trial with the attorneys they requested.