United States District Court, N.D. California
February 3, 2014
GUILLERMO VERA, Plaintiff,
CONNIE GIPSON, et al., Defendants.
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION (Docket No. 22)
EDWARD J. DAVILA, District Judge.
Plaintiff, a California inmate at the Corcoran State Prison ("CSP"), filed the instant civil rights action in pro se pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against CSP officials. On October 17, 2013, the Court granted Defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, and dismissed the action without prejudice to Plaintiff refiling after all available administrative remedies have been properly exhausted. (See Docket No. 20.) On December 10, 2013, Plaintiff filed a "motion to amend findings" and cites to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b). (Docket No. 22.) Accordingly, the Court construes the filing as a motion for reconsideration.
Motions for reconsideration should not be frequently made or freely granted; they are not a substitute for appeal or a means of attacking some perceived error of the court. See Twentieth Century - Fox Film Corp. v. Dunnahoo , 637 F.2d 1338, 1341 (9th Cir. 1981). "[T]he major grounds that justify reconsideration involve an intervening change of controlling law, the availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent manifest injustice.'" Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians v. Hodel , 882 F.2d 364, 369 n. 5 (9th Cir. 1989) (quoting United States v. Desert Gold Mining Co. , 433 F.2d 713, 715 (9th Cir. 1970)). Rule 60(b) provides for reconsideration where one or more of the following is shown: (1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise or excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence which by due diligence could not have been discovered before the court's decision; (3) fraud by the adverse party; (4) the judgment is void; (5) the judgment has been satisfied; (6) any other reason justifying relief. Fed.R.Civ.P. 60(b); School Dist. 1J v. ACandS Inc. , 5 F.3d 1255, 1263 (9th Cir.1993).
Plaintiff fails to allege the provision of such rule under which reconsideration is warranted; he alleges no new evidence that could not have been discovered with due diligence, no mistake, inadvertence, surprise or excusable neglect, no fraud by the adverse party, and no voiding of the judgment. Plaintiff "implores" the Court to "not hold him to the same astringent [ sic ] standards of an educated attorney." (Docket No. 22 at 2.) However, lack of legal sophistication does not excuse exhaustion, just as an inmate who is unaware of a facility's grievance procedure is not excused from exhaustion when he could learn of the procedure with reasonable effort. Albino v. Baca , 697 F.3d 1023, 1040 (9th Cir. 2012), rehearing en banc granted by Albino v. Baca , 709 F.3d 994 (9th Cir. Mar. 12, 2013). Furthermore, Plaintiff attempts to set forth legal claims which he asserts are the subject matter of this action. The Court is unable to ascertain the veracity of this assertion because the claims presented in his complaint were written in Spanish. Plaintiff presents no other reason justifying relief. Accordingly, the motion for reconsideration is DENIED.
This order terminates Docket No. 22.