Marion v. Berghuis
OPINION AND ORDER HOLDING IN ABEYANCE PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND ADMINISTRATELY CLOSING CASE Signed by District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. (CPin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Civil No. 2:12-CV-13127
HONORABLE VICTORIA A. ROBERTS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
OPINION AND ORDER HOLDING IN ABEYANCE THE PETITION FOR WRIT
OF HABEAS CORPUS AND ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSING THE CASE
This case is on remand from the Sixth Circuit after it reversed this Court’s decision
to grant habeas relief on Petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Marion v.
Woods, No. 15-2139, ---- F. App’x.----; 2016 WL 4698278 (6th Cir. Sept. 8, 2016); reh.
den. en banc, No. 15-2139 (6th Cir. Oct. 31. 2016). On November 22, 2016, the Court
ordered the Clerk of the Court to reopen the petition to the Court’s active docket and set
deadlines for the parties to file supplemental pleadings.
On January 28, 2017, Petitioner filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the
United States Supreme Court. See United States Supreme Court Dkt. # 16-7762.
Respondent was given until March 3, 2017 to file a reply to the petition for writ of
For the reasons that follow, the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is held in
abeyance pending a decision from the United States Supreme 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
The Court holds the petition for writ of habeas corpus 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 remaining
claims in the petition, in the event that the Supreme Court were to grant certiorari to
Petitioner. In the event that certiorari is denied, the parties will not be prejudiced by a
delay in the adjudication of the habeas petition.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition for writ of habeas corpus is 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 lift the stay
of proceedings. Should the Supreme Court grant the petition for writ of certiorari and
affirms the Sixth Circuit’s decision, Petitioner has thirty days from the date of the
Supreme Court’s decision to ask this Court to lift the stay of proceedings.
To avoid administrative difficulties, the Court ORDERS the Clerk of Court to
CLOSE this case for statistical purposes only. Nothing in this order or in the related
docket entry shall be considered a dismissal or disposition of this matter. See Sitto v.
Bock, 207 F. Supp. 2d 668, 677 (E.D. Mich. 2002).
Dated: February 13, 2017
S/Victoria A. Roberts
United States District Judge
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