Payton (ID 66352) v. Werholtz et al
ORDER ENTERED: Petitioner's motion 14 to alter or amend and motion 15 to compel disclosure are denied. Signed by Senior District Judge Sam A. Crow on 6/4/2013. (Mailed to pro se party Walter Almon Payton by regular mail.) (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
WALTER ALMON PAYTON,
CASE NO. 13-3066-SAC
ROGER WERHOLTZ, et al.,
O R D E R
This matter comes before the court on petitioner’s motion to
alter or amend (Doc. 14) and to compel disclosure (Doc. 15).
Petitioner, a prisoner in state custody, filed this habeas corpus
petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 on April 9, 2013.
By its order of April 29, the court granted leave to proceed in
forma pauperis and dismissed this matter without prejudice to allow
application for habeas corpus relief. The court declined to issue a
certificate of appealability.
On May 2, 2013, petitioner filed a motion for reconsideration
(Doc. 7) and a notice of appeal (Doc. 8). On May 21, the court liberally
construed the motion for reconsideration as a motion to alter or amend
the judgment and denied the motion. On May 22, petitioner filed the
present, second motion to alter or amend and motion to compel
The motion to alter or amend repeats the petitioner’s challenges
to the validity of his 1998 conviction and broadly asserts that the
court abused its discretion in determining this matter to be
successive without considering the underlying challenges to the
conviction. The motion to compel disclosure seeks a response from the
court to petitioner’s request for production of proof that the State
of Kansas had jurisdiction to prosecute him and the production and
submission of that proof to the United States Court of Appeals for
the Tenth Circuit.
A motion to alter or amend filed pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 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). Relief is appropriate
where “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).
petitioner’s claims on their merits because petitioner has not
obtained the necessary authorization from the United States Court of
Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In re Cline, 531 F.3d 1249, 1251 (10th
Cir. 2008)(per curiam)(district court lacks jurisdiction to consider
merits of second or successive petition under § 2254 until appellate
court grants authorization). See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(requiring
petitioner to move for prior authorization from appellate court to
proceed in second or successive application for habeas corpus).
Accordingly, petitioner’s motion to alter or amend must be denied,
and the motion to compel disclosure will be denied. The court can take
no action concerning the merits of petitioner’s claims for relief
until he obtains authorization to proceed in this matter.
IT IS, THEREFORE, BY THE COURT ORDERED petitioner’s motion to
alter or amend (Doc. 14) and motion to compel disclosure (Doc. 15)
Copies of this order shall be transmitted to the petitioner and
to the Clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
This 4th day of June, 2013, at Topeka, Kansas.
S/ Sam A. Crow
SAM A. CROW
U.S. Senior District Judge
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