September 3, 2013
ADNAN KHAN, Petitioner,
RAUL LOPEZ, Warden Respondent.
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
SUSAN ILLSTON, District Judge.
Adnan Khan filed an action seeking a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On August 5, 2013, the Court denied the petition and denied a certificate of appealability, finding that petitioner had failed to demonstrate that the state court's decision rejecting his claims was contrary to, or an unreasonable application of, clearly established Supreme Court precedent. See Docket No. 23 ("Order"). Currently before the Court is Khan's motion for reconsideration of the Order. For the reasons discussed below, the Court DENIES petitioner's motion for reconsideration.
"Reconsideration is appropriate if the district court (1) is presented with newly discovered evidence, (2) committed clear error or the initial decision was manifestly unjust, or (3) if there is an intervening change in controlling law." School Dist. No. 1J v. ACandS, Inc., 5 F.3d 1255, 1263 (9th Cir. 1993). Reconsideration should be used conservatively, because it is an "extraordinary remedy, to be used sparingly in the interests of finality and conservation of judicial resources." Carroll v. Nakatani, 342 F.3d 934, 945 (9th Cir. 2003) (quoting 12 James Wm. Moore et al., Moore's Federal Practice § 59.30 (3d ed. 2000)). A motion for reconsideration may not be used to present arguments that were presented initially or "reasonably could have been raised" during the initial motion. Id. The district court has discretion to deny a motion for reconsideration. Kona Enterprises, Inc. v. Estate of Bishop, 229 F.3d 877, 883 (9th Cir. 2000).
Civil Local Rule 7-9 requires that parties request leave of the court to file a motion for reconsideration. Movants are prohibited from repeating any argument made previously, and must show a material difference or an intervening change in the facts or the law, or a manifest failure by the court to consider dispositive facts or legal arguments. Civ. L.R. 7-9.
As an initial matter, the Court notes that Khan failed to comply with Civil Local Rule 7-9, and request the Court for leave to file a motion for reconsideration. However, even if the motion were properly before the Court, it must be denied. Petitioner has failed to make any showing that there has been newly discovered evidence, a clear error by the Court, or an intervening change in controlling law.
Khan argues (1) that the Court failed to decide his central claim that the trial court's jury instructions and restrictions on his arguments violated his constitutional right to present a defense; and (2) that the trial court failed to decide his claim that the court's jury instructions erroneously described an element of the offense. Motion for Reconsideration ("Motion") at 2, 5.
Petitioner's arguments misconstrue the court's role on habeas review, which is not to reexamine state court determinations on state law questions, but to decide whether the state court unreasonably applied clearly established Supreme Court authority in adjudicating his claims. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d). There is no clearly established federal law providing that the trial court's discretionary decision to exclude evidence from a criminal trial violates a defendant's right to present a defense, nor did the state appellate court unreasonably determine that the trial court properly instructed the jury on the elements of felony murder. As discussed in the Court's Order, the trial court's exclusion of evidence and its instructions to the jury are matters of state law, and the state appellate court's rejection of these claims did not involve an unreasonable application of Supreme Court precedent. Order 8-14
Petitioner's motion presents no newly-discovered evidence, does not demonstrate that the court committed clear error or that its decision was manifestly unjust, nor does it show that there was an intervening change in the controlling law. For the foregoing reasons, petitioner's motion for reconsideration is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.