Broussard v. Stephens et al
ORDER ON MOTION TO STAY. Deft Stephens is ordered to file a statement, within ten days of the date of this Order, indicating whether TDCJ will voluntarily permit Pltff to wear a one-half inch beard while the case is stayed. (Signed by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos) Parties notified.(lcayce, 2)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
WILLIAM STEPHENS, et al,
§ CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:13-CV-211
ORDER ON MOTION FOR A STAY
Pending is Defendant William Stephens’ motion for entry of a stay in this case in order to
give the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and Director Stephens an opportunity to
revise TDCJ’s grooming policies. (D.E. 35). The Court is willing to grant a temporary stay of
the proceedings in order to give TDCJ an opportunity to revise its grooming regulations, and
further to await the outcome of the Ali appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. See Ali v.
Stephens, No. 9:09-cv-52 (E.D. Tex. Sept. 26, 2014), appeal docketed, No. 14-41165 (5th Cir.
Oct. 21, 2014).
Any stay will be conditioned upon TDCJ and Director Stephens voluntarily permitting
the Plaintiff in this case to wear up to a one-half inch beard while the case is stayed. Holt v.
Hobbs, 135 S. Ct. 853 (Jan. 20, 2015).
Defendant Stephens is ordered to file a statement, within ten days of the date of this
Order, indicating whether TDCJ will voluntarily permit Plaintiff to wear a one-half inch beard
while the case is stayed.
ORDERED this 11th day of February, 2015.
NELVA GONZALES RAMOS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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