Groomes v. Frazir et al
RULING AND ORDER denying 11 Motion for Reconsideration. The Letter (Doc. No. 11 ), which has been docketed as a Motion for Reconsideration, is DENIED in all respects. Groomes is on notice that he is required by the Standing Order (Doc. No. 4 ) to file any document in this case using the Prisoner E-Filing Program at the facility in which he is confined. In addition, any further requests for relief should be filed in the form of a properly captioned motion (Lewis, D)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
OFFICER FRAZIR, ET AL.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
FEBRUARY 7, 2018
RULING AND ORDER
The plaintiff, Bobby Groomes (“Groomes”), is currently incarcerated at
MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution. He initiated this action by filing a civil rights
complaint against Correctional Officer Frazir, Lieutenant Wagner, Captain N. Lewis,
Warden Antonio Santiago and Director of Classification and Population Management
David Maiga. On August 21, 2017, Groomes filed an Amended Complaint adding
District Administrator Angel Quiros as a defendant. See Am. Compl. (Doc. No. 9).
On November 2, 2017, the court dismissed the investigation claim; the First
Amendment speech claim; the Fourth Amendment search claim; the Eighth Amendment
deliberate indifference to mental health needs claim; the Thirteenth Amendment claim;
the Fourteenth Amendment due process claims related to the confiscation or loss of
Groomes’ personal property, the loss of his job, his classification to a level four security
level and continued confinement at a level three facility; and the claims under article 1,
sections 4, 7 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution. It dismissed without prejudice the
Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference to mental health needs claim and the
Fourteenth Amendment due process claim regarding Groomes’ placement on High
Security status. See Initial Review Order (Doc. No. 10) at 18. The court concluded that
the Fourteenth Amendment equal protection claim relating to the removal of Groomes
from his prison job would proceed against defendants Wagner, Frazir, Lewis and
Santiago in their individual capacities.1 See id. Thus, all claims against defendants
Maiga and Quiros have been dismissed. See id.
Groomes has submitted a letter addressed to the court which has been docketed
as a “Letter Motion for Reconsideration.” (Doc. No. 11). For the reasons set forth
below, the relief requested in the letter is denied.
As a preliminary matter, at the time Groomes mailed his letter to the court, the
court had issued Standing Order On Prisoner Electronic Filing Program. See Standing
Order (Doc. No. 4). Pursuant to this Order, Groomes is required to utilize the Prisoner
E-Filing Program to file all documents electronically using the Program procedures
available at his place of confinement. Groomes did not comply with the Standing Order
in filing the letter motion for reconsideration because he mailed the letter via United
States Mail instead of filing it through the Prisoner E-Filing system. See Envelope
attached to Letter (Doc. No. 11) at 2. In the future, if Groomes seeks relief from the
court in this case, he must file a properly captioned motion and use the Prisoner E-Filing
Program to file it. In addition, all other documents must be filed using the Prisoner EFiling Program. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the return of any
The court also informed Groomes that, to the extent that he sought to pursue his claim that
defendants Santiago, Lewis and Maiga had denied him due process prior to his placement on High
Security status in 2015, he could file a second amended complaint to clarify that claim. See IRO (Doc.
No. 10) at 18. The court cautioned Groomes that the second amended complaint must be filed within
thirty days of the court’s Order and must include specific allegations of the circumstances surrounding the
violation of Groomes’ due process rights and how the conduct of each defendant violated his rights and
must set forth the dates on which, and the location(s) where, the conduct occurred.
Groomes has not filed a second amended complaint. See id. at 18-19. Nor will the court
construe Groomes’ letter as a second amended complaint because it is not in the form of an amended
documents without consideration of them by the court.
The letter motion appears to challenge the court’s Initial Review Order to the
extent that it dismissed claims against Administrator Quiros and Classification Director
Maiga. Generally, reconsideration will be granted only if the moving party can identify
“controlling decisions or data that the court overlooked” and that would reasonably be
expected to alter the court’s decision. Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257
(2d Cir. 1995). A party’s identification of “an intervening change of controlling law, the
availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent manifest
injustice” may also constitute sufficient reasons to grant a motion for reconsideration.
Kolel Beth Yechiel Mechil of Tartikov, Inc. v. YLL Irrevocable Trust, 729 F.3d 99, 104
(2d Cir. 2013) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). A party may not,
however, use a motion for reconsideration to re-argue prior issues that have already
been decided, present “new theories” or arguments that could have been raised earlier,
seek a new hearing “on the merits, or [to] otherwise tak[e] a second bite at the apple.”
Analytical Surveys, Inc. v. Tonga Partners, L.P., 684 F.3d 36, 52 (2d Cir. 2012) (internal
quotation marks and citation omitted).
Groomes states that both defendants are aware of or were involved in his
classification as a level three inmate and his confinement in a level four prison facility.
Groomes claims that he notified Quiros in writing because he is still being confined in a
level four facility even though Quiros and Maiga know that he is a level three inmate.
He seems to contend that Quiros and Maiga should be re-instated as defendants in this
complaint and includes no allegations regarding any due process violation(s) that allegedly occurred prior
to Groomes’ placement on High Security status in 2015.
In its Initial Review Order, the court addressed the allegations against Quiros and
Maiga including the claims related to Groomes’ placement on High Security Status in
September 2015, and his removal from High Security status in August 2017; his claim
that his overall security risk level should have been reduced to level three when the
Office of Classification and Population Management removed him from High Security
status in August 2017; and the claim that Administrator Quiros did not perform an
investigation into his removal from his janitor position and his placement on High
Security status. See IRO (Doc. No. 10) at 6-11. Groomes has not pointed to any
information or decisions that the court overlooked in dismissing these claims or any
other claims against defendants Quiros or Maiga. After careful reconsideration, the
request for relief is denied.
The Letter (Doc. No. 11), which has been docketed as a Motion for
Reconsideration, is DENIED in all respects. Groomes is on notice that he is required by
the Standing Order (Doc. No. 4) to file any document in this case using the Prisoner EFiling Program at the facility in which he is confined. In addition, any further requests
for relief should be filed in the form of a properly captioned motion.
Dated at New Haven, Connecticut this 7th day of February, 2018.
/s/ Janet C. Hall
Janet C. Hall
United States District Judge
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