Simpson v. United States of America
ORDER denying 11 , Petitioner's Emergency Motion for Reconsideration. See full written order. Entered by Chief Judge James E. Shadid on 11/13/2017. (RT, ilcd)
Monday, 13 November, 2017 02:54:23 PM
Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Case No. 1:16-CV-01354-JES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Now before the Court is the pro se Petitioner, Louis Simpson’s, Emergency Motion for
Reconsideration (D. 11) 1 and the Government’s response thereto (D. 14). For the reasons stated,
infra, the Court DENIES the Petitioner’s motion.
In a recent Petition for Writ of Mandamus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1361 (D. 3), the
Petitioner argued: (1) that he was entitled to disclosure of documents by the United States
Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois related to an investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General; (2) immediate release from custody—given the exonerating information in the
documents; and (3) appointment of counsel. (D. 3 at pp. 11-12). The Court denied his Petition,
finding, in part, that it was essentially a substitute for a motion seeking authorization to file a
successive § 2255 motion. (D. 9 at pg. 5). The Court reasoned that a mandamus action is
impermissible when there is an adequate alternative remedy. Id. at pg. 6.
Now, the Petitioner argues the Court erred in its ruling. (D. 11). Specifically, he claims
the Court misunderstood the intent of his Petition for Writ of Mandamus, as it was not a direct
challenge to the validity of his conviction or length of his sentence, but rather a challenge to “the
Citations to the Docket in this case are abbreviated as “D. __.”
legality of the conduct of the U.S. Attorney by refusing to seek action as required under Article
VIII of the Illinois Rule Professional Conduct 3.8.” Id. at pg. 5.
“Motions for reconsideration serve a limited function: to correct manifest errors of law or
fact or to present newly discovered evidence.” Caisse Nationale de Credit v. CBI Industries, 90
F.3d 1264, 1269 (7th Cir. 1996) (citations omitted). Manifest errors are those which involve the
“wholesale disregard, misapplication, or failure to recognize controlling precedent.” Oto v.
Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 224 F.3d 601, 606 (7th Cir. 2000). The Petitioner has failed to
highlight any manifest errors of law or fact in his Emergency Motion for Reconsideration. Nor
has he brought any newly discovered evidence to the Court’s attention. Therefore, the Court
DENIES the Petitioner’s Motion.
For the reasons stated, supra, the Petitioner’s Emergency Motion for Reconsideration (D.
11) is DENIED.
It is so ordered.
Entered on November 13, 2017
s/James E. Shadid
Chief United States District Judge
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