Updated Thu, Jun 7, 2012 2:11 pm
A husband and wife convicted of running an Ohio pill mill that illegally prescribed thousands of painkillers want a federal judge to throw out the most serious charge.
Nancy and Lester Sadler are facing a minimum of 20 years in prison and the possibility of life for their conviction last month, including operating Ohio Medical and Pain Management in Waverly as a continuing criminal enterprise.
Attorneys for the couple say prosecutors failed beyond a reasonable doubt to prove the couple committed three different acts needed for the criminal enterprise conviction.
A federal jury in Cincinnati deadlocked in its deliberations last month before a federal judge ordered them to keep trying.
The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment, but it's likely the government will oppose the Sadlers' request.