Watkins v. Hobbs
ORDER denying 22 Motion for Reconsideration re 20 Judgment. Signed by Judge James M. Moody on 2/16/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
RAY HOBBS, DIRECTOR,
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF
Pending is the Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration of Judgment entered on January 31,
2012. Plaintiff argues that he is entitled to equitable tolling for the days that his Motion to
Amend the Order of his original Rule 37 Petition in state court was pending because he was
diligently pursuing his rights during this time. See Holland v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2549, 2562
(2010). The Court has conducted a de novo review of the case including the Plaintiff’s Motion
to Amend the Order of his original Rule 37 Petition in state court (the “Motion to Amend”) and
the transcript of the hearing on the Motion to Amend.1
After review of the record and the relevant law again, the Proposed Findings and
Recommended Disposition of United States Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray are approved and
adopted in their entirety. Judge Ray and the Court considered Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend in
In the text Order entered on December 28, 2011, the Court misinterpreted Plaintiff’s
Motion to Submitt [sic] New Evidence (Docket # 16). The Court interpreted the motion as a
request to file a document which had not previously been filed by the Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s
motion was granted. The Court noted in the January 31, 2012 Order that Plaintiff had failed to
file this evidence. Plaintiff explained in his February 9, 2012 letter that he wanted the Court or
the Clerk of the Court to file Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend the Order of his original Rule 37
Petition (found at ECF No. 2 at p. 55-58 and ECF No. 15 at p. 19-22) as an exhibit, specifically
as Exhibit D, to an unspecified document. Neither the Court nor the Clerk of the Court can file
documents in a case on behalf of a party. Had the Court understood Plaintiff’s request, it would
have been denied.
making the determination that Plaintiff’s § 2254 petition was not timely filed in federal court and
that Plaintiff had failed to establish a basis for equitable tolling. According to Judge Ray’s
analysis, Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend failed to comply with applicable filing requirements under
§ 2244(d)(2) and, therefore, did not trigger any statutory tolling. (ECF No. 13 at p. 10-11).
Judge Ray also noted that Plaintiff had waited more than six months to file his § 2254 petition
after the Arkansas Supreme Court’s last ruling which tended to disprove Plaintiff’s claim that he
demonstrated diligence in pursuing his rights. (ECF No. 13 at p 11).
For these reasons, Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration (Docket # 22) is DENIED. The
case remains closed.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 16th day of February, 2012.
James M. Moody
United States District Judge
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