Asselin v. Boulder County Sheriff et al
ORDER denying 25 Motion to Reconsider by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 5/3/16.(dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 16-cv-00144-LTB
LINDSEY J. ASSELIN,
BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF, at Boulder County Jail, and
RON HALE, Superintendent at CMHIP, and
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO RECONSIDER
Applicant, Lindsey J. Asselin, filed a “Motion to Reconsider” (ECF No. 25), on April
28, 2016. In the Motion, Applicant challenges the Order of Dismissal and Judgment
entered in this action on April 5, 2016. The Court construes the Motion liberally because
Ms. Asselin 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 Motion to Reconsider will be denied.
A litigant subject to an adverse judgment, and who seeks reconsideration by the
district court of that adverse judgment, may “file 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 reconsider filed by Ms. Asselin pursuant to Rule 59(e) because
the motion was filed within twenty-eight days after the Order of Dismissal and Judgment
were entered in this action on April 5, 2016. (See ECF Nos. 23, 24). See Van Skiver,
952 F.2d at 1243 (stating that motion to reconsider filed within time 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 “to 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 “the
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). However, a Rule 59(e)
motion is not a new opportunity to revisit issues already addressed or to advance
arguments that could have been raised previously. See id.
On September 23, 2014, Ms. Asselin was arrested in Boulder County Case
2014M1605 and charged with misdemeanor third degree assault, knowingly or recklessly
causing injury to another person (M1), in violation of COLO. REV. STAT. (C.R.S.)
§18-3-204(1)(a). (ECF No. 15-1 at 2). The next day, the state court granted a criminal
protection order against Applicant and she was released on bond. (Id. at 3).
On September 30, 2014, counsel entered an appearance for Ms. Asselin.
On May 27, 2015, the court granted Applicant’s request that her attorney withdraw from
the case. (Id. at 5). At a June 9, 2015 hearing, where Ms. Asselin appeared pro se, the
court raised concerns about Applicant’s competency. (Id.). The court ordered that Ms.
Asselin complete a competency evaluation, while remaining on bond.
Additionally, the court appointed a public defender pending the outcome of the
competency evaluation. (Id.).
On September 10, 2015, the court remanded Ms. Asselin to custody for a
competency exam because she had failed to complete the evaluation ordered on June 9.
(Id. at 6). On October 13, 2015, after the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo,
Colorado (CMHIP) submitted a competency report to the Court, Applicant was found
incompetent to proceed, pursuant to § 16-8.5-111(2), C.R.S., and committed to CMHIP
for inpatient restoration to competency treatment. (See Order Finding Defendant
Incompetent to Proceed and Committing Defendant for In-Patient Restoration to
Competency, ECF No. 15-4; Order to Transport, ECF No. 15-5).
On October 21, 2015, the state court granted Applicant’s motion for a second
competency evaluation. (ECF No. 15-1 at 7). The motion was withdrawn on December
14, 2015. (Id. at 8). On December 16, 2015, the state court entered an Amended Order
Finding Defendant Incompetent to Proceed and Committing Defendant for In-Patient
Restoration to Competency. (ECF No. 15-6).
CMHIP reviewed Ms. Asselin’s competency and submitted a report to the court on
February 12, 2016.
(ECF No. 15-1 at 9).
CMHIP is required to submit its next
competency report for review by the court on May 13, 2016, at which time the state court
will review whether Applicant should remain committed to CMHIP. (Id.).
In the Amended § 2241 Application (ECF No. 6), Ms. Asselin, challenged the state
court’s jurisdiction to order a competency evaluation, and her commitment to CMHIP.
She also claimed that she was denied bail, in violation of the Eighth Amendment, and
asserts claims of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.
The Court dismissed the § 2241 Application without prejudice under the abstention
principles of Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), and for failure to exhaust available
state court remedies.
Ms. Asselin now asks the Court to reconsider the dismissal order on the grounds
that she alleged in support of her Amended § 2241 Application and Reply to the
Preliminary Response. (See ECF Nos. 6 and 19). However, she fails to allege facts to
indicate that Younger abstention does not apply, or that she exhausted state court
remedies for her claims. As such, she fails to provide a basis for relief under Fed. R. Civ.
P. 59(e). See Servants of the Paraclete, 204 F.3d at 1012.
Upon consideration of the motion to reconsider and the entire file, the Court finds
that Ms. Asselin fails to demonstrate some reason why the Court should reconsider and
vacate the order to dismiss this action. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the “Motion to Reconsider” (ECF No. 25), filed pro se by Applicant,
Lindsay J. Asselin, on April 28, 2016, which the Court construes liberally as a motion for
relief under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e), is DENIED.
DATED May 3, 2016, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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