Doctor Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, currently serving 30-year prison terms in Kansas, have gained a hearing of their case in the Denver 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The pair was found guilty in 2010 of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering. in a scheme that resulted in the deaths of 68 patients.
In their appeal, the Schneiders claim the lawyers defending them had a conflict of interest, and erred by allowing the president of the Pain Relief Network, to direct their defense strategy. They paint Reynolds as a zealot who believed the war on drugs has transformed America into a police state, in which the federal government let patients live and die in unnecessary pain. Her goal, they say, was fighting government prosecution of physicians for prescribing painkillers. This, they believe, had a negative impact on the jury.
It is their contention that they were incompetently represented at trial