Kelty v. Winn
ORDER (1) Granting Petitioner's #3 Motion to Stay and (2) Administratively Closing Case. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
STEVEN MARK KELTY,
Case No. 19-cv-12774
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
ORDER (1) GRANTING PETITIONER’S MOTION TO STAY (ECF NO. 3)
AND (2) ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSING THE CASE
Petitioner Steven Mark Kelty is a state prisoner in the custody of the Michigan
Department of Corrections. On September 23, 2019, Kelty filed a pro se petition for
a writ of habeas corpus in this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (See Pet., ECF
No. 1.) Kelty has also filed a motion to stay this proceeding so that he may exhaust
certain additional claims in the state courts. (See Mot., ECF No. 3.) The Court
GRANTS the motion and STAYS this proceeding under the terms outlined below.
A state prisoner who seeks federal habeas relief must first exhaust his or her
available state court remedies before raising a claim in federal court. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254(b) and (c). See also Picard v. Connor, 404 U.S. 270, 275-78 (1971). Kelty
asks for a stay so that he can satisfy this exhaustion requirement.
complications with the one-year statute of limitations contained in 28 U.S.C. §
2244(d)(1), a federal court may opt to stay a federal habeas petition and hold further
proceedings in abeyance pending resolution of state court post-conviction
proceedings. See Rhines v. Weber, 544 U.S. 269, 278 (2005). After the petitioner
exhausts his state remedies, the federal court may lift its stay and allow the petitioner
to proceed in federal court. See id. at 275-76. The Court concludes that such a stay
is warranted here.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Kelty’s motion to stay
consideration of his habeas petition while he pursues his state-court remedies (ECF
No. 3) is GRANTED. This stay is conditioned upon Kelty fully exhausting his
state-court remedies, including seeking review in the Michigan Court of Appeals
and Michigan Supreme Court (in the manner provided under Michigan law), if the
trial court denies relief.1 The stay is further conditioned on Kelty’s return to this
Court, with a motion to re-open and amend his petition, using the same caption and
case number included at the top of this order, within 60 days of fully exhausting his
state court remedies. See, e.g., Wagner v. Smith 581 F.3d 410, 411 (6th Cir. 2009)
(discussing similar procedure). If Kelty fails to comply with any of the conditions
described in this paragraph, the Court may dismiss his petition and/or rule only on
Kelty has already filed a post-conviction motion for relief from judgment in the
state trial court. (See Pet., ECF No. 1, PageID. 3, 6.) It is unclear whether the trial
court has decided the motion yet – Kelty indicates both that the motion was denied
on August 16, 2019, and that he is awaiting a decision on the motion. (See id.)
his currently-exhausted claims (if any). See Calhoun v. Bergh, 769 F.3d 409, 411
(6th Cir. 2014).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall CLOSE this
case for administrative purposes only. Nothing in this order or the related docket
entry shall be construed as an adjudication of any of Kelty’s claims. See Sitto v.
Bock, 207 F.Supp.2d 668, 677 (E.D. Mich. 2002).
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 9, 2019
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on October 9, 2019, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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