THIBAULT v. WIERSZEWSKI
ORDER Granting Defendant's 35 Motion to Stay Proceedings. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 15-cv-11358
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S
MOTION TO STAY PROCEEDINGS (ECF #35)
In this action, Plaintiff Alan Thibault alleges that Defendant Edward
Wierszewski violated the Fourth Amendment by arresting him without probable
cause and by maliciously prosecuting him. (See Compl., ECF #1.) Wierszewski
moved for summary judgment on the basis of qualified immunity. (See ECF #12.)
The Court granted that motion in part and denied it in part in an Amended Opinion
and Order dated June 24, 2016. (See ECF #29.) Specifically, the Court granted
Wierszewski summary judgment with respect to Thibault’s malicious prosecution
claim but denied summary judgment with respect to the arrest-without-probablecause claim. (See id. at Pg. ID 812.)
Wierszewski thereafter appealed this Court’s ruling to the United States Court
of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. (See ECF #30.) That court dismissed the appeal for
lack of jurisdiction in an Opinion dated June 9, 2017. (See ECF #33).
On August 4, 2017, Wierszewski filed a motion in this Court in which he
requested a stay of proceedings while he files a petition for a writ of certiorari in the
United States Supreme Court. (See ECF #35.) Wierszewski seeks a stay “pending a
final determination on appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court and/or Sixth Circuit Court
of Appeals [in the event the Supreme Court remands the matter to that court].” (Id.
at Pg. ID 905.) Thibault opposes the requested stay. (See ECF #36.)
As Thibault concedes (see id. at Pg. ID 909), “[t]he power to stay proceedings
is incidental to the power inherent in every court to control the disposition of the
causes on its docket with economy of time and effort for itself, for counsel, and for
litigants.” Landis v. North American Co., 299 U.S. 248, 254 (1936). A district court
therefore has “broad discretion to stay proceedings as an incident to its power to
control its own docket.” Clinton v. Jones, 520 U.S. 681, 706 (1997).
Wierszewski’s requested stay is an appropriate exercise of this “broad
Most importantly, the stay should be relatively limited in time.
Wierszewski has represented to the Court that he will file his petition with the
Supreme Court before October 11, 2017, and that the Supreme Court will likely act
on that petition before the end of the year. (See ECF #35 at ¶¶ 10-11, Pg. ID 904.)
Thus, the Court and the parties will know in a relatively short period whether the
Supreme Court will review the case or whether the case will return to this court.
Moreover, if Wierszewski were to prevail in the Supreme Court, or in the Sixth
Circuit if the Supreme Court reversed that court’s ruling and remanded for
reconsideration of Wierszewski’s appeal, that would likely resolve this action and
render any further action by this Court moot. Accordingly, the Court concludes that
the best use of judicial resources is to stay this action for a short period of time while
Wierszewski pursues appellate review in the United States Supreme Court.
Accordingly, for the reasons stated above, Wierszewski’s motion to stay
proceedings (ECF #35) is GRANTED. After the Supreme Court issues its ruling
on Wierszewski’s petition for certiorari, the Court will set a telephonic status
conference in order to discuss whether the stay should be lifted at that time.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 4, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on October 4, 2017, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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