NATIONAL FARMERS UNION INS. COMPANIES v. CROW TRIBE OF

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United States Supreme Court

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION INS. COMPANIES v. CROW TRIBE OF, (1985)

No. 27

Argued:     Decided: April 24, 1985

Justice REHNQUIST, Circuit Justice.

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has stayed all proceedings with respect to this case in the United States District Court and in the Crow Tribal Court pending resolution of the merits of the case by this Court. Applicants contend that the Court of Appeals was without jurisdiction to issue the stay, and request me to "dissolve" the stay issued by the Court of Appeals. The jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals to issue the stay order is indeed debatable, but I do not believe that four Members of the Court would wish to review that separate issue in addition to resolving the merits of the principal case argued on April 16th. Nor do I believe that the equities favor a stay to preserve the posture between the parties that applicants seek, given the present state of affairs in the District and Tribal Courts. Decision of the merits by this Court may ordinarily be expected before the summer recess around July 1st, and the stay issued [471 U.S. 1301 , 1302]   by the Court of Appeals will expire by its own terms upon the happening of that event. The application is therefore denied.

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