Macgowan v. Strapp et al

Filing 19

ORDER denying 17 Plaintiff's Motion to Reopen Case; denying 18 Motion for Order to Enjoin Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. by Judge Christine M. Arguello on 2/11/2010.(erv, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Judge Christine M. Arguello Civil Action No. 09-cv-02355-CMA-MEH MICHAEL L. MACGOWAN, JR., Plaintiff, v. PETER STRAPP, individually and in his official capacity as Magistrate of the Combined Court of District 17, Adams County Colorado, THOMAS ENSOR, individually and in his official capacity as Reviewing Judge of the Combined Court of District 17, Adams County Colorado, and JOHN SUTHERS, Attorney General, in his capacity as the Attorney General for the State of Colorado, Defendants. ORDER DENYING PETITIONS TO REOPEN AND ENJOIN Judgment was entered in this case on October 30, 2009. (Doc. # 13.) Plaintiff is now before the Court on two motions: a "Petition to Reopen Case" and "Petition to Enjoin Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr." (Doc. ## 17, 18.) Because these motions were filed more than ten days after the entry of judgment, the Court construes them as motions seeking relief from the judgment under Fed. R. Civ .P. 60(b). See Hatfield v. Board of County Com'rs for Converse County, 52 F.3d 858, 861 (10th Cir. 1995). "Rule 60(b) operates to relieve a party from judgment only upon such terms as are just. It is an extraordinary procedure that permits the court which rendered judgment to grant relief from the judgment upon a showing of good cause within the rule." Brown v. McCormick, 608 F.2d 410, 413 (10th Cir. 1979). "It is clearly not a substitute for appeal and must be considered with the obvious need for the finality of judgments." Id. Plaintiff's claims were dismissed without prejudice on three separate grounds: Younger abstention doctrine as to all three Defendants1, absolute immunity as to Defendants Ensor and Strapp, and failure to state a valid claim as to Defendant Suthers. (See Doc. # 12 at 5-7.) Plaintiff argues that because the state proceedings have to come to a close, the Court should reopen his case. (Doc. # 17 at 1-2.) Assuming, arguendo, that this fact resolved the Younger abstention issue, the other two grounds for dismissing Plaintiff's case absolute immunity and failure to state a valid claim would still remain. Thus, the Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to show good cause to revisit its Judgment. Accordingly, The Court DENIES "Petition to Reopen Case" and "Petition to Enjoin Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr." (Doc. ## 17, 18.) DATED: February 11 , 2010 BY THE COURT: _______________________________ CHRISTINE M. ARGUELLO United States District Judge 1 Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971). -2-

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