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Johnson v. Sisodia

United States District Court, E.D. California

April 21, 2014

ANTHONY JOHNSON, Plaintiff,
v.
DR. SISODIA, et al., Defendants.

ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR RULING ON HIS FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT CLAIM [ECF No. 19]

STANLEY A. BOONE, District Judge.

Plaintiff Anthony Johnson is appearing pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983.

Now pending before the Court is Plaintiff's motion requesting the Court to make a ruling on his Fourteenth Amendment claim, filed March 5, 2014. (ECF No. 19.)

On December 9, 2013, the Court screened the original complaint and granted Plaintiff the option of proceeding on the claims found to be cognizable or filing an amended complaint. (ECF No. 12.) On January 16, 2014, Plaintiff filed a first amended complaint. (ECF No. 17.)

On February 18, 2014, the Court found that Plaintiff stated a cognizable claim for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need in violation of the Eighth Amendment against Defendants Edgar Clark, Teresa Macias, Nareddy, and Dr. Sisodia. (ECF No. 18.) In that order, Plaintiff was provided the necessary service of process documents to be returned to the Court after completion.

On March 10, 2014, the Court directed service by the U.S. Marshal. (ECF No. 21.)

In the March 5, 2014, motion presently before the Court, Plaintiff requests the Court make a ruling on his alleged due process violation presented in his first amended complaint.

The Court construes Plaintiff's motion as a request for reconsideration of the Court's February 18, 2014, screening and service order. Rule 60(b)(6) allows the Court to relieve a party from an order for any reason that justifies relief. Rule 60(b)(6) is to be used sparingly as an equitable remedy to prevent manifest injustice and is to be utilized only where extraordinary circumstances exist. Harvest v. Castro , 531 F.3d 737, 749 (9th Cir. 2008) (quotation marks and citation omitted). The moving party must demonstrate both injury and circumstances beyond his control. Id . Further, Local Rule 230(j) requires, in relevant part, that Plaintiff show "what new or different facts or circumstances are claimed to exist which did not exist or were not shown upon such prior motion, or what other grounds exist for the motion, " and "why the facts or circumstances were not shown at the time of the prior motion."

"A motion for reconsideration should not be granted, absent highly unusual circumstances, unless the district court is presented with newly discovered evidence, committed clear error, or if there is an intervening change in the controlling law, " Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc. v. Mucos Pharma GmbH & Co. , 571 F.3d 873, 880 (9th Cir. 2009) (internal quotation marks and citations omitted), and "[a] party seeking reconsideration must show more than a disagreement with the Court's decision, and recapitulation... "of that which was already considered by the Court in rendering its decision." U.S. v. Westlands Water Dist. , 134 F.Supp.2d 1111, 1131 (E.D. Cal. 2001).

Plaintiff is advised that the Court interpreted Plaintiff's allegations set forth in the first amended complaint as arising only under the Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference to a serious medical need standard. However, to the extent, Plaintiff has cited and discussed as a separate analysis, the fact that the Defendants may have violated their own regulations as a result of their medical treatment, Plaintiff fails to state a cognizable federal due process claim.

Violations of state prison regulations do not rise to the level of a constitutional violation cognizable under section 1983. Sandin v. Conner , 515 U.S. 472, 482 (1995) (finding no constitutionally protected liberty interest in prison regulations even when phrased in mandatory terms); Bostic v. Carlson , 884 F.2d 1267, 1270 (9th Cir. 1989) (prison's failure to follow its own guidelines regarding hearings does not alone constitute denial of due process); Ybarra v. Bastian , 647 F.2d 891, 892 (9th Cir. 1981) (violations of prison rules or procedures alone do not state federal constitutional claims). Accordingly, Plaintiff motion for reconsideration of the Court's February 18, 2014, screening and service order, is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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