Graven v. Arizona, State of et al

Filing 35

ORDER denying 29 Motion for Relief; Motion to ReassignCase; and Motion for Hearing. This case shall remain closed and as a result. Finding as Moot 33 Motion for Sanctions and 34 Motion for Default Judgment. Plaintiff shall not file any further pleadings in this action. Signed by Judge G Murray Snow on 9/13/17.(DXD)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 William A Graven, Plaintiff, No. CV-16-01249-PHX-GMS 10 v. ORDER 11 State of Arizona, et al., 9 12 Defendants. 13 14 15 Pending before this Court is Plaintiff William A. Graven’s Rule 60 Motion for 16 Relief, Motion for Change of Judge and a Motion for a Hearing to hear the two motions. 17 (Doc. 29) as well as Plaintiff’s Request for Judicial Notice (Doc. 31), Plaintiff’s Motion 18 for Sanctions (Doc. 33), and Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment (Doc. 34). The 19 Motions are all denied. 20 On September 22, 2016, Plaintiff’s Complaint, which the Plaintiff had twice 21 amended, was dismissed. On September 30, 2016, Plaintiff filed a motion for 22 reconsideration. The motion was denied on October 4, 2016. Plaintiff never appealed. 23 Almost a year later on August 7, 2017, Plaintiff files a motion for relief based on newly- 24 discovered evidence. 25 The Court dismissed the Complaint in September 2016, not only because it had no 26 jurisdiction to grant the relief requested by the Plaintiff—a claim for monetary damages 27 against state officials acting in their official capacity which is barred by the Eleventh 28 Amendment -- but also because it failed to state a plausible claim. Even assuming the 1 evidence now proferred by the Plaintiff were newly discovered, nothing about it changes 2 the dismissal for lack of jurisdiction, nor would it change this court’s conclusion that 3 Plaintiff still fails to state a plausible claim upon which relief could be granted.1 The 4 Motion for Rule 60 relief is thus denied and the matter remains terminated. 5 To the extent the Plaintiff seeks to disqualify the Court in a matter that remains 6 closed, Plaintiff fails to comply with the statutory prerequisites or to provide a statutory 7 basis for such a motion. 28 U.S.C. §§ 144, 455. Further, even if the motion complied 8 with statutory requirements, (1) the proferred facts underlying the motion are not accurate 9 (as it pertains to the Court’s personal life, the undersigned’s term as a Mormon Bishop 10 ended in 1997). In addition, for the reasons aptly set forth in Defendants’ Response, even 11 if the undersigned were a currently serving Bishop and even were counsel for Defendants 12 a currently serving Bishop the fact that both simultaneously served separate local church 13 congregations in that capacity somewhere in the Phoenix metropolitan area, provides no 14 basis for concluding that they even know each other, let alone a basis for recusal or 15 disqualification. Thus the reasons asserted in the motion do not provide a basis for a 16 person familiar with all the facts to conclude that it gave rise to an appearance of 17 impropriety. Liteky v. United States, 510 U.S. 540 (1994), Yagman v. Republic Ins., 987 18 F.2d 622, 626 (9th Cir. 1993). The motion for change of judge is denied. 19 The request for oral argument is denied because oral argument will not aid the 20 Court’s decision. See Mahon v. Credit Bur. of Placer Cty., Inc., 171 F.3d 1197, 1200 21 (9th Cir. 1999). 22 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED denying the Motion for Relief; Motion to Reassign 23 Case; and Motion for Hearing (Doc. 29). This case shall remain closed and as a result. 24 /// 25 26 27 28 1 A screening memo and a charging document are not in and of themselves adjudicative facts that are not subject to reasonable dispute. Thus they cannot be the appropriate subjects of judicial notice. The Plaintiff’s request for judicial notice (Doc. 31) is therefore denied. Even, however, were the Court to accept the Plaintiff’s characterization of their contents does not change this Court’s analysis set forth above or its original order of dismissal. -2- 1 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED finding Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions (Doc. 33) 2 and Motion for Default Judgment (Doc. 34) moot. Plaintiff shall not file any further 3 pleadings in this action. 4 Dated this 13th day of September, 2017. 5 6 7 8 Honorable G. Murray Snow United States District Judge 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3-

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