Court refuses request for open filings

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Posted: Oct 18, 2010 12:40 PM
Court refuses request for open filings

The Supreme Court has turned down a request to make public a national patient advocate's appeal in the case of a Kansas doctor linked to dozens of patient overdose deaths.

The court on Monday refused to allow the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to intervene in Siobhan Reynolds' case.

The court filings in Reynolds' case has been sealed. The committee wanted to intervene so it could ask the court to make the papers open to the public.

But the high court said only redacted copies will be made public.

The committee says Reynolds wants justices to quash grand jury subpoenas and her contempt citation for not turning over subpoenaed e-mails and documents.

Reynolds and her organization, the Pain Relief Network, are the subject of a grand jury investigation because of her involvement with Linda and Dr. Stephen Schneider.

The Schneiders have been convicted of conspiring to profit from illegally prescribing painkillers to dozens of patients who later died.