Grima v. Howes
ORDER denying 8 Motion for release on bond. Signed by District Judge John Corbett O'Meara. (WBar)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CASE NO. 12-11846
HONORABLE JOHN CORBETT O’MEARA
ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR RELEASE ON BOND
Michigan prisoner John Grima has filed a pro se application for the writ of habeas
corpus challenging his Oakland County convictions for criminal sexual conduct. He
claims that his guilty plea was invalid and that he was deprived of effective assistance of
counsel. Petitioner is serving a sentence of fifteen to thirty years in prison for thirddegree criminal sexual conduct and twelve to thirty years in prison for second-degree
criminal sexual conduct.
Currently before the Court is Petitioner’s motion for release on bond pending
resolution of his habeas petition. The State opposes any requests for bond and argues
in an answer to the petition that Petitioner’s claims are procedurally defaulted or
To be released on bond pending review of a habeas petition, the petitioner must
show that, “in addition to there being substantial questions presented by the appeal,
there is some circumstance making [the] application exceptional and deserving of
special treatment in the interests of justice.” Aronson v. May, 85 S. Ct. 3, 5 (1964).
“Since a habeas petitioner is appealing a presumptively valid state conviction, both
principles of comity and common sense dictate that it will indeed be the very unusual
case where a habeas petitioner is admitted to bail prior to a decision on the merits in the
habeas case.” Lee v. Jabe, 989 F.2d 869, 871 (6th Cir. 1993). “[A]s a practical matter,
. . . motions for bail will be denied in most of the habeas proceedings,” as there will be
few occasions when a petitioner will meet the standard established in Aronson. Dotson
v. Clark, 900 F.2d 77, 79 (6th Cir. 1990).
Petitioner claims that he was released on bond after his arrest and that he is
illegally confined now. Additionally, he contends that he has strong family ties in the
community, that he will be provided employment, housing, and financial assistance if
released, and that he is not a flight risk.
Even if the Court were to assume that the habeas petition presents substantial
questions of law, Petitioner has failed to show the existence of some circumstance
making his motion for bond exceptional and deserving of special treatment in the
interests of justice. Accordingly, the motion for release on bond (ECF No. 8) is
s/John Corbett O’Meara
United States District Judge
Date: December 13, 2013
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties of record on this date, December 13, 2013, using the ECF system and/or
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