Appeals court deals setback for former Kan. doctor

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has dealt another setback to a former Kansas doctor convicted in a moneymaking conspiracy linked to 68 overdose deaths.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied a request by Stephen Schneider for appointment of an attorney and a free transcript to fight his conviction on the basis of ineffective counsel.

Schneider contends in a court filing that his defense team was plagued by many shortcomings and was not well prepared for his trial.

The doctor and his wife, Linda, 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.

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