Pugh v. Caruthers et al
ORDER STAYING PROCEEDINGS. Defendants' 4 Motion to Stay Proceedings pending criminal disposition is granted. Signed by Judge James M. Moody Jr. on 10/13/2016. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JOHN STEPHEN PUGH
JOHN CARUTHERS, et al.,
ORDER STAYING PROCEEDINGS
Pending is the Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Criminal Disposition filed by the
Defendants. Plaintiff has failed to respond.
In this case, Plaintiff alleges that the Defendants violated his rights under the First,
Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments when he was arrested on July 26, 2016 for
Driving Under the Influence. Plaintiff claims that the Defendants unlawfully arrested him,
unlawfully searched his vehicle, violated his right to due process, violated his right to be free
from cruel and unusual punishment and excessive force, and false arrest. Defendants ask the
Court to stay this civil case until the criminal proceeding relating to the events that give rise to
the Complaint is complete.
“If a plaintiff files a false-arrest claim before he has been convicted (or files any other
claim related to rulings that will likely be made in a pending or anticipated criminal trial), it is
within the power of the district court, and in accord with common practice, to stay the civil
action until the criminal case or the likelihood of a criminal case is ended.” Wallace v. Kato, 549
U.S. 384, 393-94, 127 S. Ct. 1091, 1098, 166 L. Ed. 2d 973 (2007). Pursuant to Wallace, the
Court finds that the case should be stayed until Plaintiff’s criminal case has ended. The parties
are directed to file a notice with the Court within seven (7) days of the conclusion of the criminal
proceedings against Plaintiff in Mississippi County District Court.
Defendants’ Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Criminal Disposition (ECF No. 4) is
IT IS SO ORDERED this 13th day of October, 2016.
James M. Moody Jr.
United States District Judge
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