Kansas AG Involved in "Pill Mill" Case

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Attorney General's Office says it is investigating whether the president of the Pain Relief Network may be illegally practicing law in the case of a Haysville physician indicted for operating a "pill mill" linked to at least 56 overdose deaths.

Siobhan Reynolds is president of the Pain Relief Network. She says the investigation amounts to government trying to criminalize the political speech by opposition groups. She says she tells people upfront she is not an attorney.

Federak prosecutors made similar allegations against her in the case against Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda.

At the Kansas Attorney General's Office, spokeswoman Ashley P. Anstaett says they will continue to monitor Reynold's conduct and
take action if appropriate.

Prosecutors also filed a motion Tuesday asking for a hearing and an inpatient mental examination at a mental institution to determine Linda Schneider's competency to assist in her defense.

Pat Hatcher says her sister is depressed because she is jailed and is separated from her children.

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