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Recent Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Kansas Painkiller Case

A ruling earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court may affect the case of a Kansas couple who were imprisoned for a moneymaking conspiracy at a pain clinic in Haysville.

Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda Schneider, were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering. The conspiracy was linked to 68 overdose deaths.

The doctor was sentenced to 30 years and his wife to 33 years.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is now considering the effect of a January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a separate case.

That decision held that the victim's drug use had to be the actual cause of death, not merely a contributing factor.

A court filing yesterday indicates federal prosecutors have conceded the Supreme Court ruling applies retroactively to the Schneider case.