Villalobos v. USA
ORDER denying Petitioner's 10 Motion to Lift Stay. Signed by District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr on 2/16/2021. (brl)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
JUAN GILBERTO VILLALOBOS,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the Petitioner’s Motion to Lift Stay, (Doc. No.
Petitioner filed a pro se Motion to Vacate, Set Aside or Correct Sentence under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255 raising a Johnson v. United States, 576 U.S. 591 (2015) challenge to his conviction for
violating 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). (Doc. No. 1). The Court stayed this matter pending the Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals’ decision in United States v. Ali, No. 15-4433. (Doc. No. 5). The Court ordered
the parties to show cause why the stay should not be lifted pursuant to United States v. Davis, 139
S.Ct. 2319 (2019) and United States v. Simms, 914 F.3d 229 (4th Cir. 2019). (Doc. No. 7). The
Government argued that the case should continue to be stayed pursuant to Ali because the issues
in the instant case and Ali are nearly identical. (Doc. No. 8).
On December 28, 2020, Petitioner filed a Supplemental Memorandum in support of the §
2255 Motion to Vacate, (Doc. No. 9), and a Motion to Lift Stay, (Doc. No. 10). Petitioner seeks
relief based on new authority including United States v. Taylor, 979 F.3d 203 (4th Cir. 2020). (Doc.
Case 3:16-cv-00487-RJC Document 12 Filed 02/16/21 Page 1 of 2
On January 19, 2021, the Government filed a Response Opposing the Lifting of the Stay.
(Doc. No. 11). The Government argues that a continued stay is warranted pending the filing of a
petition for certiorari in Taylor,1 the United States’ acquiescence in a defendant-filed petition that
presents the same issue, or the decision of the Acting Solicitor General not to file a petition for
certiorari – whichever occurs first.
The Court finds that a stay of these proceedings is in the interest of justice and judicial
economy. Petitioner’s Motion to Lift Stay will be denied. The Government shall promptly notify
the Court of the United States’ filing of a petition for certiorari in Taylor or the United States’
acquiescence in a defendant-filed petition from another circuit, or the expiration of the Taylor
deadline, whichever occurs first.2
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:
Petitioner’s Motion to Lift Stay, (Doc. No. 10), is DENIED.
The Government shall promptly notify the Court of the United States’ filing of a
petition for certiorari in Taylor or the United States’ acquiescence in a defendantfiled petition from another circuit, or the expiration of the Taylor deadline,
whichever occurs first.
Signed: February 16, 2021
An extended 150-day deadline applies to a filing of a certiorari petition due to COVID-19.
The Government has indicated that it will either move to hold the case in abeyance pending a Supreme Court
determination on a relevant petition or agree that the stay should be lifted at that time. (Doc. No. 12 at 2).
Case 3:16-cv-00487-RJC Document 12 Filed 02/16/21 Page 2 of 2
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?