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Babcock v. Metrish

March 19, 2010

RONALD CLARENCE BABCOCK, PETITIONER,
v.
LINDA METRISH, RESPONDENT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Marianne O. Battani

ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM CUSTODY

This Court conditionally granted Ronald Clarence Babcock's petition for habeas relief on December 11, 2009, ordering that he be released or retried within 120 days. On January 19, 2010, the Court granted Respondent's Motion for Immediate Consideration and Motion for Stay Pending Appeal. After that Order was entered, the Court received Babcock's response to the motion as well as his Petition for Immediate Release from Custody (Doc. No. 26). The Court has reviewed the pleadings and for the reasons that follow, DENIES the petition.

Petitioner is a state inmate, currently serving a 46 to 360 months term of imprisonment as a fourth habitual felony offender for felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearms. When the Court granted Respondent's request for a stay pending resolution of the appeal, it carefully considered the matters raised in the Petition for Immediate Release from Custody. The Court's analysis remains unchanged after considering the responsive pleading and the motion filed by Babcock.

Without question, Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 23(c) "creates a presumption of release from custody" when a district court order grants relief to a habeas petitioner. Hilton v. Braunskill, 481 U.S. 770, 774 (1987). Consequently, the Court considered several factors in addressing Respondent's motion, including "(1) whether the stay applicant has made a strong showing that he is likely to succeed on the merits; (2) whether the applicant will be irreparably injured absent a stay; (3) whether issuance of the stay will substantially injure the other parties interested in the proceeding; and (4) where the public interest lies." Id. at 776. In balancing the factors, this Court recognized that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals might disagree with the analysis of Petitioner's claim and concluded that Respondent has raised a debatable issue. See Order Granting Motion to Stay. The Court further concluded that the other factors favored entry of the Order. A review of the pleadings filed by Babcock fail to demonstrate the Court's analysis was contrary to law.

Accordingly, the Court DENIES Petition for Immediate Release from Custody.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

MARIANNE O. BATTANI UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

20100319

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