Stephenson v. Hobbs
ORDER denying 21 Motion to Stay. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 1/9/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
ADC # 138392
Case No. 5:12CV00106 DPM-JTK
RAY HOBBS, Director,
Arkansas Department of Correction
Pending before the Court is Petitioner’s Motion For Stay (DE #21). Petitioner requests the
stay “so that [he] may pursue the three procedurally defaulted claims in State court thereby properly
exhausting [them] pursuant to AEDPA.”
Petitioner cannot meet the “good cause” standard set forth in Rhines v. Weber, 544 U.S. 269
(2005), to justify granting a stay of these federal proceedings in order for him to return to state court
to file state habeas petitions regarding his procedurally defaulted claims. Accordingly, his motion
to stay is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 9th day of January, 2013.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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