Russell v. USA
ORDER denying 7 Motion for Bond. Signed by Chief Judge David R. Herndon on 10/30/12. (klh, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
KENNEDY M. RUSSELL, SR.,
MEMORANDUM and ORDER
HERNDON, Chief Judge:
Pending before the Court is Rusell’s motion for expedited ruling of § 2255
motion for bond pending resolution (Doc. 7). Russell moves for bond arguing that
he is not going to flee, that he does not pose a danger to society, that his 2255 is not
for delay and that he raises a substantial question of law. Further, he argues that he
was denied a valid and truthful affirmative defense, which if shown, removes the
factual underpinnings of the element of liability and intent upon which his conviction
“[F]ederal district judges in habeas corpus and section 2255 proceedings have
inherent power to admit applicants to bail pending the decision of their cases, but
a power to be exercised very sparingly.” Cherek v. United States, 767 F.2d 335, 337
(7th Cir. 1985). The Seventh Circuit explained:
The reasons for this parsimonious exercise of the power should be
obvious. A defendant whose conviction has been affirmed on appeal (or
who waived his right to appeal, as by pleading guilty, or by foregoing
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appeal after being convicted following a trial) is unlikely to have been
convicted unjustly; hence the case for bail pending resolution of his
postconviction proceeding is even weaker than the case for bail pending
appeal. And the interest in the finality of criminal proceedings is poorly
served by deferring execution of sentence till long after the defendant
has been convicted.
Cherek, 767 F.2d at 337. Bail pending post-conviction habeas corpus review is
therefore available “only when the petitioner has raised substantial constitutional
claims upon which he has a high probability of success, and also when extraordinary
or exceptional circumstances exist which make the grant of bail necessary to make
the habeas remedy effective.” Landano v. Rafferty, 970 F.2d 1230, 1239 (3d
The Court finds that petitioner has not met his burden to establish that he is
entitled to the extraordinary relief sought. Russell has not alleged anything in his
motion for bond that, even if true, would convince the Court that bail would be
appropriate in this case. Thus, the relief is not warranted.
Accordingly, the Court DENIES Russell’s motion for expedited ruling of § 2255
motion for bond pending resolution (Doc. 7).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 30th day of October, 2012.
Digitally signed by
David R. Herndon
United States District Court
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