Tillman v. Rios, Jr.

Filing 10

ORDER Denying Petitioner's Motion for Leave to Amend 8 ; ORDER Granting Petitioner's Motion for Reconsideration in Part 9 , signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 4/14/11. CASE REOPENED.(Verduzco, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 12 BENJAMIN TILLMAN, 13 Petitioner, 14 v. 15 H. A. RIOS, JR., 16 Respondent. __________________________________/ 1:11-CV-00453 GSA HC ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND [Doc. #8] ORDER GRANTING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION IN PART [Doc. #9] 17 ORDER DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO REOPEN CASE 18 19 Petitioner is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus 20 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. He has consented to the jurisdiction of the magistrate judge pursuant 21 to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). 22 On March 28, 2011, the undersigned issued an order dismissing the petition for failure to 23 state a claim. Petitioner challenged two prison rules violations which occurred on January 6, 2010, 24 (violation for being unsanitary and untidy), and January 7, 2010, (violation for threatening another 25 with bodily harm); however, Petitioner did not claim the loss of any credits against his sentence. 26 Since it appeared from the claims that any relief the Court could grant would not affect the length of 27 the sentence, the Court dismissed the petition. 28 U .S. D istrict C ourt E. D . C alifornia 1 1 2 On March 30, 2011, Petitioner filed a motion for leave to amend the petition. On April 5, 2011, he filed a motion for reconsideration of the Court’s order dismissing the petition. 3 4 5 DISCUSSION A. Motion to Amend Petitioner filed a motion to amend the petition on March 30, 2011. However, the petition 6 was dismissed on March 28, 2011, and the case was closed. Therefore, Petitioner’s motion to amend 7 must be denied. 8 B. Motion for Reconsideration 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 On April 5, 2011, Petitioner filed a motion for reconsideration of the order dismissing his petition. Rule 60(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides: On motion and just terms, the court may relieve a party or its legal representative from a final judgment, order, or proceeding for the following reasons: (1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence that, with reasonable diligence, could not have been discovered in time to move for a new trial under Rule 59(b); (3) fraud (whether previously called intrinsic or extrinsic), misrepresentation, or misconduct by an opposing party; (4) the judgment is void; (5) the judgment has been satisfied, released, or discharged; it is based on an earlier judgment that has been reversed or vacated; or applying it prospectively is no longer equitable; or (6) any other reason that justifies relief. 17 Petitioner contends his due process rights were violated with respect to the first incident for 18 an unspecified reason. As previously stated, Petitioner suffered a loss of 90 days of commissary 19 privileges and 90 days of telephone privileges; he did not suffer the loss of any time credits against 20 his sentence. Therefore, his claims are not cognizable in federal habeas. His motion for 21 reconsideration with respect to the January 6, 2010, incident is DENIED. 22 Petitioner contends his due process rights were violated with respect to the second incident 23 because he was denied his right to call an eyewitness to the incident as well as present evidence in 24 the form of surveillance camera footage. The Court had determined that Petitioner failed to present a 25 cognizable claim because the only penalty appeared to be a disciplinary transfer. In his motion for 26 reconsideration, Petitioner contends he also suffered a loss of 27 days of good conduct time credits. 27 Further review of the documents submitted with the petition show that a disciplinary transfer was 28 U .S. D istrict C ourt E. D . C alifornia 2 1 recommended; however, Petitioner was also sanctioned with a loss of 27 days of good conduct time 2 credits. Since Petitioner suffered the loss of time credits, the alleged constitutional violation may be 3 remedied by way of a habeas petition. Young v. Kenny, 907 F.2d 874, 876-78 (9th Cir.1990). 4 Therefore, the motion for reconsideration will be GRANTED with respect to the January 7, 2010, 5 incident. 6 Petitioner also claims the Court ignored his claim concerning a “binding court order.” He 7 states a judge had granted his request to modify his fine, but the Bureau of Prisons has failed to abide 8 by the order. This challenge is not cognizable on federal habeas since it does not affect the length of 9 the sentence; it concerns only a monetary fine. His motion for reconsideration with respect to this 10 claim is DENIED. 11 In summary, Petitioner’s motion for reconsideration will be GRANTED IN PART and 12 DENIED IN PART. The motion is GRANTED as to his claims concerning the January 7, 2010, 13 rules violation. As to his other claims, the motion is DENIED. 14 ORDER 15 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 16 1) Petitioner’s motion to amend is DENIED; 17 2) Petitioner’s motion for reconsideration is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART; 18 3) The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to re-open the case. 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 Dated: 6i0kij April 14, 2011 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 U .S. D istrict C ourt E. D . C alifornia 3

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