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Robinson v. Grant

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


May 12, 2010

RUSSELL ROBINSON PLAINTIFF,
v.
CHAD GRANT , FEDERAL U.S. MARSHALL, AND ROGER BOMENBLIT, FEDERAL U.S. MARSHALL, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dubois, J.

MEMORANDUM

Plaintiff, a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, has filed a pro se Bivens*fn1 action against two United States Marshals. Plaintiff alleges, in essence, that he was the victim of an illegal search and seizure, and that he was falsely arrested by defendants. In his prayer for relief, he is requesting money damages.

The Court dismissed plaintiff's original Complaint by Memorandum and Order dated April 14, 2010, on the ground that it was insufficient in that plaintiff failed to adequately detail the status of his state criminal proceedings. On May 4, 2010, plaintiff filed an Amended Complaint in accordance with the April 14, 2010, Memorandum and Order. In the Amended Complaint, plaintiff sated that his criminal case is pending in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

The question of the relief, if any, to which plaintiff is entitled, depends upon the outcome of his state criminal proceedings. Under the circumstances presented, with ongoing criminal proceedings in state court, plaintiff's civil rights case seeking compensatory damages, must be stayed pending the outcome of the state criminal proceedings. See Williams v. Hepting, 844 F.2d 138, 144-45 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 488 U.S. 851 (1988).

An appropriate Order follows.


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