Brewer v. Raemisch et al
ORDER denying 11 Motion to Alter or Amend a Judgment by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 10/22/15.(dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-01677-LTB
BRENDAN WAYANE BREWER,
RICK RAEMISCH, Executive Director for Colorado,
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, and
CYNTHIA COFFMAN, Attorney General for Colorado,
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO ALTER
The matter before the Court is the AMotion to Alter or Amend a Judgment,@ ECF
No. 11, that Applicant filed on October 20, 2015. Applicant asserts that he is filing the
Motion pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). Applicant is in the custody of the Colorado
Department of Corrections and currently is incarcerated at the Crowley County
Correctional Facility in Olney Springs. Colorado. The Court must construe the Motion
liberally because Applicant is a pro se litigant. 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
stated below, the Court will deny the Motion.
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 the Motion to Alter pursuant to Rule 59(e) because it was filed within
twenty-eight days after this action was dismissed and judgment was entered on October
6, 2015. See Van Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243 (stating that a motion to reconsider should be
construed as filed pursuant to Rule 59(e) when it is filed within the ten-day limit (limit
effective prior to December 1, 2009) set forth under Rule 59(e)).
The three major grounds that justify reconsideration are: (1) an intervening
change in controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence; and (3) the need to correct
clear error or prevent manifest injustice. See Servants of the Paraclete v. Does, 204
F.3d 1005, 1012 (10th Cir. 2000). A motion to reconsider is appropriate where the court
has misapprehended the facts, a party=s position, or the controlling law. Id. (citing Van
Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243).
In the Motion, Applicant asserts that A[t]he way the Denver District Court ordered
the Applicant [sic] term of confinement sentence to be carried out by the Executive
authority Colorado Department of Correction (Respondents) as [sic] caused Applicant to
be held beyond the court=s intent for his incarceration punishment.@ ECF No. 11.
Applicant further states that Respondents have Anot complied with the sentencing court
order,@ and he should be released. Id.
For the same reasons stated in the October 6, 2015 Order of Dismissal, the Court
will deny the Motion to Alter. Applicant fails to demonstrate that the Court
misapprehended the facts, his position, or the controlling law and that reinstatement of
this action is deserving. If Applicant intends to challenge the validity of his conviction he
must do so in a 28 U.S.C. ' 2254 action. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Applicant=s Motion to Alter or Amend a Judgment, ECF No. 11,
filed on October 20, 2015, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) 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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