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Phillip V. Liggins v. P.D. Brazelton

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


March 11, 2013

PHILLIP V. LIGGINS,
PETITIONER,
v.
P.D. BRAZELTON,
RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. Senior United States District Judge

ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION

On December 13, 2012, Petitioner filed a "Request for Reconsideration of this Court's November 28[,] 2012 Order Denying Habeas Corpus Relief," in which he requests "this court . . . recind [sic] its order at issue, and grant habeas corpus relief." (Pet'r's Req. for Recons. 1:23-24, ECF No. 43.) In essence, Petitioner argues the Court "inadvertently overlooked" points of law applicable to his Batson/Wheeler claims, in denying habeas corpus relief. (Id. at 3:3-4.)

Respondent opposes Petitioner's request, arguing it "attacks this Court's ruling on the merits[, and a]s such it should be considered a second or successive [habeas] petition and be dismissed." (Resp't's Opp'n 3:14-15, ECF No. 44.) Respondent further argues: "[t]o the extent that Petitioner's [request] is not considered a second or successive petition, Respondent submits that it must be denied." (Id. at 3:16-17.) Respondent argues:

Although Petitioner makes a general argument that this Court overlooked applicable law, he does nothing to specifically address this Court's order. The order itself clearly shows that the District Judge rejected the Magistrate Judge's findings and recommendation as to the Batson claim after conducting a de novo review of the case and carefully reviewing the entire file. The fact that Petitioner disagrees with the District Judge's decision is not a ground for relief . . . .

(Id. at 3:17-22 (internal citation omitted).)

Whether and/or when a Rule 59(e) motion for reconsideration may constitute a second or successive habeas corpus application under 28 U.S.C. § 2244 need not be decided since Petitioner has not made an adequate showing on the merits of his request for reconsideration.

Since Petitioner's request for reconsideration was made within twenty-eight days of entry of judgment, it "is treated as a motion to alter or amend judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure [("Rule")] 59(e)[,]" rather than a "motion for relief from a judgment or order" under Rule 60(b). Am. Ironworks & Erectors, Inc. v. N. Am. Constr. Corp., 248 F.3d 892, 898-99 (9th Cir. 2001) (applying Rule 59(e)'s ten day deadline before its 2009 amendment to twenty-eight days) (citation omitted).

In general, there are four basic grounds upon which a Rule 59(e) motion may be granted: (1) if such motion is necessary to correct manifest errors of law or fact upon which the judgment rests; (2) if such motion is necessary to present newly discovered or previously unavailable evidence; (3) if such motion is necessary to prevent manifest injustice; or (4) if the amendment is justified by an intervening change in controlling law.

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Herron, 634 F.3d 1101, 1111 (9th Cir. 2011). However, "amending a judgment after its entry [is] an extraordinary remedy which should be used sparingly." Id. (internal quotation marks omitted). Further, "[a] reconsideration motion is properly denied where it merely presents arguments previously raised . . . ." Lopes v. Vieria, No. 1:06-cv-01243 OWW SMS, 2011 WL 3568600, at *2 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 12, 2011) (citing Blacklund v. Barnhart, 778 F.2d 1386, 1388 (9th Cir. 1985)).

Plaintiff has not made an adequate showing under any of the four basic grounds for reconsideration referenced above; rather, he "simply repeats arguments raised" raised in his Petition and Traverse (ECF Nos. 1, 15). Id. For the stated reasons, Plaintiff's request for reconsideration is DENIED.

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