Quatrine v. Berghuis
OPINION and ORDER Holding in Abeyance 58 MOTION to Disqualify Judge and 59 MOTION for Relief from Judgment Pending the Supreme Court's Decision Whether to Grant a Writ of Certiorari to Petitioner. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (TMcg)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CHARLES QUATRINE, Jr.,
Civil No. 2:10-CV-11603
HONORABLE DENISE PAGE HOOD
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
OPINION AND ORDER HOLDING IN ABEYANCE THE MOTION TO
DISQUALIFY THE JUDGE [Dkt. # 58] AND THE MOTION FOR RELIEF
FROM JUDGMENT [Dkt # 59] PENDING THE SUPREME COURT’S
DECISION WHETHER TO GRANT A WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO
On February 27, 2014, the Court summarily denied the petition for
writ of habeas corpus that had been filed by petitioner pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2254, on the ground that the original and amended habeas
petitions were barred by the statute of limitations contained within 28
U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1). See Quatrine v. Berghuis, No. 2014 WL 793626 (E.D.
Mich. Feb. 27, 2014).
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the
dismissal of the petition for writ of habeas corpus. Quatrine v. Berghuis,
No. 14-1323, 2016 WL 1457878 (6th Cir. Apr. 12, 2016).
On October 21, 2016, petitioner filed a petition for writ of certiorari,
which remains pending before the United States Supreme Court. See
United States Supreme Court Docket # 16-6723.
Petitioner has now filed a Rule 60(b) motion for relief from judgment,
claiming that both this Court and the Sixth Circuit erred in dismissing his
habeas petition as time-barred, in light of the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision
in another habeas case. Petitioner has also asked this Court to disqualify
itself from hearing the case, claiming judicial bias on the part of the Court.
A federal court has the discretion to hold a case in abeyance pending
the Supreme Court’s disposition of a petition for writ of certiorari in that
case. See e.g. Florida v, Powell, 556 U.S. 1162 (2004);
Lorenzo-Echevarria v. Jenifer, 86 F. App'x 932, 933 (6th Cir. 2004).
The Court will hold the motion for relief from judgment and the related
motion to disqualify in abeyance pending a decision by the Supreme Court
whether to grant or deny petitioner a writ of certiorari. It would be a
potential waste of judicial resources for this Court to adjudicate the Rule
60(b) motion and petitioner’s related motion to disqualify, in the event that
the Supreme Court were to grant certiorari to petitioner. In the event that
certiorari is denied, respondent will not be prejudiced by a delay in the
adjudication of the motions.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion for relief from judgment
[Dkt. # 59] and the related motion to disqualify judge [Dkt. # 58] are held in
abeyance pending a decision by the Supreme Court on petitioner's request
for a writ of certiorari. Should the Supreme Court deny petitioner a writ of
certiorari, petitioner has thirty days from the date of the Supreme Court's
decision to ask this Court to adjudicate his motions.
S/Denise Page Hood
Denise Page Hood
Chief Judge, United States District Court
Dated: December 29, 2016
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon
counsel of record on December 29, 2016, by electronic and/or ordinary
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