In denying U.S. Rep James A. Traficant Jr.'s request for a stay of his racketeering trial, a judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati considered four factors:
Whether the congressman had demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of his argument.
Whether he would be irreparably harmed absent a stay.
Whether issuance of the stay would substantially injure the other interested parties.
Where the public interest lies.
Source: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals