Judge Denies Contempt Motion in Kansas 'Pill Mill'

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge refuses to take up a government request to hold a Kansas doctor, his wife and their attorneys in contempt in the case against a Haysville clinic linked to 59 deaths.

Prosecutors contend Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, operated a so-called ``pill mill.'' The government wanted the court to hold the Schneiders and their attorneys in contempt for allegedly allowing unrestricted access to the closed clinic.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot said at a hearing Monday he might take up the contempt issue at the end of the case if he feels it's appropriate then. He says he doesn't think that will be necessary.

The judge mostly handled procedural details during a court hearing. He ordered both sides to cut down their witness list. The Feb. 2 trial is expected to last four to five weeks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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