Bilauski v. Roper
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Respondents' motion to stay 41 is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the my order granting habeas relief to Petitioner is stayed pending final resolution of Respondents' appeal of this matter to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.. Signed by District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on 5/29/13. (LGK)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
TROY STEELE, et al.,
Case No. 4:09 CV 1983 RWS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before me on Respondents’ motion to stay my order granting Petitioner
habeas relief pending appeal. For the following reasons, I will grant Respondents’ motion to
When deciding a motion to stay pending appellate review, courts consider four factors in
determining whether a stay is warranted: “(1) the likelihood that a party seeking the stay will
prevail on the merits of the appeal; (2) the likelihood that the moving party will be irreparably
harmed absent a stay; (3) the prospect that others will be harmed if the court grants the stay; and
(4) the public interest in granting the stay.” Iowa Utils. Bd. v. F.C.C ., 109 F.3d 418, 423 (8th
Cir. 1996). This court must “consider the relative strength of the four factors, balancing them
all.” Brady v. Nat'l Football League, 640 F.3d 785, 789 (8th Cir. 2011) (internal quotations
marks and citation omitted).
After examining the four factors, I conclude that a stay is appropriate. Respondents have
demonstrated an adequate likelihood of success on the merits of the appeal. Additionally,
Respondents may be irreparably harmed by the burden of having to simultaneously litigate this
case in state court and on appeal to the Eighth Circuit, as well as the potential of inconsistent
outcomes if the state court rules on any motions while the federal appeal is pending. Petitioner is
not likely to suffer irreparable harm due to the nature of the habeas relief I granted. I did not
order Petitioner’s release, rather I required the State to grant him a new direct appeal. Finally,
the public interest favors granting a stay because it would avoid potentially duplicative litigation,
thereby conserving judicial resources.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Respondents’ motion to stay [#41] is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the my order granting habeas relief to Petitioner is
stayed pending final resolution of Respondents’ appeal of this matter to the Eighth Circuit Court
RODNEY W. SIPPEL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 29th day of May, 2013.
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?