Baldwin v. Arnone et al
RULING denying 61 Motion for Extension of Time ; denying 64 Motion to Alter Judgment. Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 3/26/2013. (Lewis, D)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
DELAINE JAMIE BALDWIN,
LEO ARNONE, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
MARCH 26, 2013
RULING ON MOTIONS TO ALTER OR AMEND JUDGMENT
AND FOR EXTENSION OF TIME [Docs. No. 64, 61]
On February 19, 2013, the court granted the defendants’ Motion for Summary
Judgment. The plaintiff now moves to alter or amend that judgment. He contends that
he was not able to obtain affidavits or declarations from other inmates to support his
claims and seeks an extension of time to do so. For the reasons that follow, the
plaintiff’s Motions are denied.
A motion to alter or amend judgment, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e), permits a
litigant to seek reconsideration of an unfavorable result. To prevail, the movant must
show that the court overlooked controlling decisions or factual matters that were
presented to the court and, if considered, might reasonably have altered the result.
See Range Road Music, Inc. v. Music Sales Corp., 90 F. Supp. 2d 390, 391-92
(S.D.N.Y. 2000). See also Shrader v. CSX Transp. Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d. Cir.
1997) (holding that Rule 59(e) standard “is strict, and reconsideration will generally be
denied unless the moving party can point to controlling decisions or data that the court
overlooked”). A motion for reconsideration is not a means to reargue those issues
already considered when a party does not like the way the original motion was resolved
or to address facts, issues, or arguments not previously presented to the court. See
U.S. ex rel. Drake v. Norden Systems, Inc., No. 3:94cv963(EBB), 2003 WL 23319386,
at *1 (D. Conn. Jun. 17, 2003)(citations omitted). Instead, Rule 59(e) affords the court
“an opportunity to correct manifest errors of law or fact, hear newly discovered
evidence, consider a change in the applicable law or prevent manifest injustice.” Id.
The court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment primarily on
procedural grounds. The court concluded that the plaintiff failed to exhaust his
administrative remedies on all claims except for the due process claims regarding the
disciplinary hearing. The court concluded that any due process claim involving the loss
of earned good time credit was not cognizable because the plaintiff had not shown that
he successfully challenged the disciplinary finding by filing a petition for writ of habeas
corpus in state court. Finally, the court determined that, even if the plaintiff waived any
claims relating to the loss of earned good time credit and proceeded only with regard to
the other sanctions imposed, summary judgment was appropriate because the
remaining sanctions did not constitute the atypical and significant hardship required as
a matter of law to support a due process claim. See Doc. No. 59.
The court noted in its Ruling that the plaintiff claimed he was unable to obtain
affidavits from inmate witnesses. Both in opposition to the defendants’ Motion for
Summary Judgment and in support of this Motion, the plaintiff indicates that the witness
statements would support the merits of his underlying claims. Rule 56(d), of Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure, applies only where the party opposing a motion for summary
judgment “cannot present facts essential to justify its opposition.” As the court did not
reach the merits of the underlying claims, the lack of affidavits or declarations
supporting those claims did not prevent the plaintiff from responding to the defendants’
Motion for Summary Judgment. Rule 56(d) is not applicable and the plaintiff’s Motion
to Alter or Amend Judgment is denied. As the motion is denied, the additional time to
obtain the affidavits or declarations is not warranted.
In conclusion, the plaintiff’s Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment [Doc. No. 64]
and his Motion for Extension of Time [Doc. No. 61] are DENIED.
Dated this 26th day of March 2013, at New Haven, Connecticut.
/s/ Janet C. Hall
Janet C. Hall
United States District Judge
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