Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Motion to Stay Civil Case Pending Resolution of Criminal Case Granted



A Motion to Stay a civil matter pending the resolution of a criminal investigation and charges was granted in the Federal Middle District court case of Doe v. City of Scranton, No. 3:20-490 (M.D. Pa. March 18, 2021 Mannion, J.).

According to the Opinion, the Defendant allegedly used his position as a police officer to coerce sex from woman he used as confidential informants in drug cases he was investigating.

This civil case is proceeding while the companion criminal charges are being investigated.  The court noted that there is an alleged expectation that criminal charges will be filed against the Defendant.

Based upon the court’s review of the Motion to Stay and related materials, Judge Mannion granted the motion and the case was stayed.

The court noted that, in federal court, the decision to stay a case is within the sound discretion of the trial court judge.  Judge Mannion went on to review the six factors to be considered and, in the end, allowed for the stay of the civil matter as requested by the Defendant.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK

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