Begay v. USA
ORDER denying 16 Objection by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 1/26/16. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-00142-LTB
ARNOLD JAMES BEGAY,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO RECONSIDER
On April 20, 2015, Plaintiff Arnold James Begay filed pro se an Objection to the
April 1,2015 dismissal of this case. See ECF No. 16. The Court must construe the
Objection liberally because Plaintiff is not represented by an attorney. See Haines v.
Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir.
1991). For the reasons discussed below, the Objection will be construed as a Motion to
Reconsider and will be denied.
A litigant subject to an adverse judgment, and who seeks reconsideration by the
district court of that adverse judgment, may Afile either a motion to alter or amend the
judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) or a motion seeking relief from the judgment
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).@ Van Skiver v. United States, 952 F.2d 1241, 1243
(10th Cir. 1991). A motion to alter or amend the judgment must be filed within
twenty-eight days after the judgment is entered. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). The Court
will consider Plaintiff=s request as a Motion to Reconsider filed pursuant to Rule 59(e)
because the motion was filed within twenty-eight days after the Judgment was entered in
this action. See Van Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243 (stating that motion to reconsider filed
within ten-day limit for filing a Rule 59(e) motion under prior version of that rule should be
construed as a Rule 59(e) motion).
A Rule 59(e) motion may be granted Ato correct manifest errors of law or to present
newly discovered evidence.@ Phelps v. Hamilton, 122 F.3d 1309, 1324 (10th Cir. 1997)
(internal quotation marks omitted). Relief under Rule 59(e) also is appropriate when Athe
court has misapprehended the facts, a party=s position, or the controlling law.@ Servants
of the Paraclete v. Does, 204 F.3d 1005, 1012 (10th Cir. 2000).
In the Rule 59(e) Motion, Plaintiff claims the dismissal and judgment are
inconsistent with his complaint regarding his arrest in Flagstaff, Arizona, and his
registration as a sex offender with the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff and seeks a
preliminary hearing, apparently in this Court. ECF No. 16 at 1. The Court has reviewed
the April 1, 2015 Order Dismissing Case and determines, based on the Court=s findings,
that Plaintiff fails to demonstrate the Court misapprehended the facts, his position, or the
controlling law and that reinstatement of this action is deserving. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Plaintiff=s April 20, 2015 Objection, ECF No. 16, is construed as a
Motion to Reconsider filed pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e), and the Motion is denied.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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