Prosecutors Say They Didn't Interfere with Proceedings against Doctor

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are telling a judge that the government never interfered with the proceedings of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

Court documents filed Tuesday by prosecutors in the criminal case against Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, deny a defense contention that they had improperly asserted federal authority over
the state's regulation of medicine in the case.

Prosecutors cited a 2006 letter sent by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway in which she told the KBHA prosecutors would "stay out of KBHA's way in its administrative proceedings" against
Schneider. A 34-count indictment links the Schneiders' clinic to the
accidental overdose deaths of 56 patients.

The government says there is no basis for the court to stay the criminal case in deference to the state as the defense requested.

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