Greer v. Vashaw
ORDER GRANTING 8 MOTION for Extension for an Additional 90 days to File Post Trial Motions filed by Demargio Greer. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 20-cv-12581
OPINION & ORDER GRANTING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR AN EXTENSION OF
TIME TO FILE POST-TRIAL MOTIONS
On September 14, 2020, Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (ECF No. 1). On September 9, 2022, the court held the
petition in abeyance for sixty days so that petitioner could exhaust additional claims
through post-conviction proceedings in state court. (ECF No. 7.) On November 17,
2022, Petitioner, through newly retained counsel, filed a motion under Federal Rule of
Criminal Procedure 45(b) for an extension of time to file his post-conviction motion for
relief from judgment with the state courts. (ECF No. 8.) Petitioner’s counsel claims that
she needs additional time to adequately prepare the post-conviction motion due to her
recent retainment and an anticipated four-to-six-week delay in receipt of trial transcripts
from the state court. (Id.)
“When an act may or must be done within a specified time, the court may, for
good cause, extend the time with or without motion or notice if the court acts, or if a
request is made, before the original time or its extension expires.” FED. R. CIV. P.
6(b)(1)(A). The court accepts Petitioner’s recent retainment of counsel as good cause to
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extend the stay for initiating post-conviction proceedings within the state court under
MCR 6.500, et seq. The court therefore grants petitioner a ninety-day extension of time
from the date of this order to initiate post-conviction proceedings in the relevant state
court. Petitioner is advised that he is still required to return to federal court within sixty
days of completing the exhaustion of state court post-conviction remedies. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that Petitioner’s Motion for an Extension of Time to File PostTrial Motions (ECF No. 8) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the current stay in place shall be extended an
additional ninety days to allow Petitioner to initiate post-conviction proceedings in the
relevant state court.
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: January 19, 2023
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, January 19, 2023, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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