McKenzie v. United States of America
ORDER by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen granting 8 Motion for Stay of Proceedings Pending the Supreme Court's Decision in Beckles v. United States, (S. Ct. No. 15-8544. (KBM)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CIV 16-0740 JB/KBM
CR 08-1669 JB
ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR BECKLES STAY
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the United States’ opposed Motion for Stay
of Proceedings Pending the Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Beckles, CV
Doc. 8 & CR Doc. 224, filed October 31, 2016. In response to the Court’s Order of
December 30, 2016, counsel for Defendant McKenzie now indicates that a stay of this
action pending the Supreme Court’s ruling in Beckles v. United States, (S. Ct. No.
15-8544) “ does not appear to be an issue in terms of prejudicing Mr. McKenzie” because
Defendant’s expected release date is July 13, 2027. Doc. 12.
Because a stay will not effectively operate as a dismissal of Defendant McKenzie’s
claim, this Court has discretion to grant a Beckles stay. See Miller, slip op. at 6 (writ of
mandamus to vacate Beckles stay found necessary because “staying resolution of his
motion until the Supreme Court resolves Beckles will irreparably damage Miller by
resulting in his unnecessary confinement.”). This Court believes that the Beckles decision
may provide significant guidance in addressing issues raised in this matter. Thus, the
Court finds the motion to be well taken and it will be granted.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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