Shumpert et al v. City of Tupelo, Mississippi et al
ORDER denying 12 Motion to Stay. Signed by District Judge Sharion Aycock on 10/18/2016. (psk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
PEGGY SHUMPERT, Individually and on behalf
of the heirs and wrongful death beneficiaries of
Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert, Sr., deceased, and
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 1:16CV120-SA-DAS
CITY OF TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI,
MAYOR JASON SHELTON, in his official capacity,
CHIEF BART AGUIRRE, in his official capacity,
OFFICER TYLER COOK, in his individual and official capacities,
and JOHN DOES 1-10
ORDER ON MOTION TO STAY
Defendant Tyler Cook requests a stay in this civil action until the conclusion of the
Department of Justice investigation presumably commenced on the subject matter referenced in
this case. Plaintiffs object.
“There is no general federal constitutional, statutory, or common law rule barring the
simultaneous prosecution of separate civil and criminal actions by different federal agencies
against the same defendant involving the same transactions.” Securities and Exchange
Commission v. First Financial Group of Texas, Inc., 659 F.2d 660, 666 (5th Cir. 1981). Indeed,
parallel civil and criminal proceedings instituted by different federal agencies are “not
uncommon occurrences.” Id. at 666-67. However, in “special circumstances,” a “district court
should stay one of the proceedings pending completion of the other to prevent a party from
suffering substantial and irreparable prejudice.” Id. at 668.
“The decision whether . . . to stay civil litigation in deference to parallel criminal
proceedings is discretionary.” United States v. Simcho, 326 F. App’x 791, 792 (5th Cir. 2009)
(quoting Microfinancial, Inc. v. Premier Holidays Int’l, Inc., 385 F.3d 72, 77 (1st Cir. 2004)).
“‘[T]he granting of a stay of civil proceedings due to pending criminal investigation is an
extraordinary remedy, not to be granted lightly.’” Id. at 792–93 (quoting In re Who’s Who
Worldwide Registry, Inc., 197 B.R. 193, 195 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 1996)). “In a civil case, there is a
strong presumption in favor of discovery, and the [movant] must overcome the presumption in
its request for a stay.” United States v. Gieger Transfer Serv., 174 F.R.D. 382, 385 (S.D. Miss.
The Court finds that a stay in this case is not warranted. There is no indication that Cook
will suffer substantial and irreparable prejudice by the parallel proceedings. Cook admittedly has
no information if this case is still under review by the Department of Justice. Until a more
concrete threat to the constitutional rights of Tyler Cook is obvious, a stay based on an assumed
Department of Justice investigation will not be entertained.
The Motion to Stay Proceedings  is DENIED.
SO ORDERED, this the 18th day of October, 2016.
/s/ Sharion Aycock_________
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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