HOFLAND v. LIBERTY
ORDER overruling 256 Objection By JUDGE JOHN A. WOODCOCK, JR. (ccs)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MAINE
RANDALL B. HOFLAND,
ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTION
On October 7, 2015, Randall B. Hofland filed a petition for writ of habeas
corpus pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2254. Pet. for Writ of Habeas Corpus (ECF No. 1). On
May 13, 2016, the Magistrate Judge issued a nineteen-page recommended decision
in which he concluded that the petition should be dismissed. Recommended Decision
on 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Pet. (ECF No. 86). On August 15, 2016, this Court affirmed the
recommended decision, dismissed the petition, and ordered that no certificate of
appealability be issued.
Order Affirming the Recommended Decision of the
Magistrate Judge (ECF No. 118). On August 16, 2016, a judgment issued, dismissing
Mr. Hofland’s petition. J. of Dismissal (ECF No. 119).
After receiving numerous extensions of time, Mr. Hofland finally filed a postjudgment motion on May 26, 2017 together with a motion for findings of fact and
conclusions of law. Pet’r Randall B. Hofland’s Mot. for New Trial/New Process
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) (ECF No. 183); Pet’r Randall B. Hofland’s Mot. for
Findings (ECF No. 184). On October 3, 2017, the Court denied Mr. Hofland’s motion
for new trial and findings.
Order on Mot. for Recons. of Order Affirming
Recommended Decision (ECF No. 244). This Order was reduced to an amended
judgment, which was filed on October 4, 2017. Am. J. (ECF No. 245).
On October 16, 2017, Mr. Hofland objected to the order overruling his objection
to the order affirming the Magistrate Judge’s recommended decision. Pet’r Randall
B. Hofland’s Obj. to Order  (ECF No. 246). On October 20, 2017, the Court
denied Mr. Hofland’s October 16, 2017 objection. Order (ECF No. 248).
On November 20, 2017, Mr. Hofland filed a motion to vacate the amended
judgment. Pet’r Randall B. Hofland’s Mot. to Vacate the Am. J. , J. , and
Orders [248, 244, 118] for Fraud upon the Ct. Pursuant to Fed. R. C[i]v. P. 60(b)(d),
see Rule 60(b)(3)(6), Rule 60(d)(3) (ECF No. 253). On November 28, 2017, the Court
issued an order denying these motions and issued a warning to Mr. Hofland in
accordance with Cok v. Family Court of Rhode Island, 985 F.2d 32 (1st Cir. 1993) that
if he persisted with relentless and frivolous filings, filing restrictions would be in the
offing. Order on Mot. to Vacate and Cok Warning (ECF No. 255) (Cok Order).
Despite the November 28, 2017 Order, Mr. Hofland filed yet another objection
to the Court’s order. Pet’r Randall B. Hofland’s Obj. to  Order (ECF No. 256).
There is some ambiguity as to whether Mr. Hofland is requesting relief from this
Court or from the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Hofland filed the motion
in this Court just before he filed a notice of appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals
and he captioned the motion with this Court’s heading. Id. at 1-6. Nevertheless, Mr.
Hofland “demands relief from the First Circuit Court of Appeals.” Id. at 6. To the
extent that the First Circuit Court of Appeals views this motion as one encompassed
by Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(A), (B), the Court OVERRULES
Petitioner Randall B. Hofland’s Objection to  Order. As Mr. Hofland concedes,
he is raising in this objection the same evidence and arguments that the Court
previously rejected and warned him not to persist with. Id. at 4.
Mr. Hofland violated the Court’s November 28, 2017 Order by reiterating the
same conspiracy allegations that the Court has continually rejected and that the
Court warned him against repeating. Cok Order at 2-3. Mr. Hofland has also violated
the order by making scurrilous personal attacks against this Judge. Id. at 1 (“All that
judge John A. Woodcock Junior’s fraud—which contains Michael Flynn 18 U.S.C. §
1001(a)(1)(2)(3) falsehoods, misrepresentations and concealments of material facts”),
at 6 (“John A. Woodcock, Junior must also be fully prosecuted for his criminal
Mr. Hofland’s conduct of this litigation is a repetition of his conduct of his other
multiple lawsuits in this Court and at the First Circuit. In Hofland v. Cyr, No. 101880 (1st Cir. Feb. 4, 2011), the First Circuit wrote “that this is the sixth appeal that
Hofland has recently pursued, each of which has been summarily affirmed. In light
of this prior litigation, we warn Hofland that any future frivolous appeal may be
subject to sanctions.” On January 18, 2012, this Court issued a filing restriction
against Mr. Hofland based on his “relentless and frivolous filings” in the eight civil
cases he had filed with this Court. Hofland v. LaHaye, 1:09-cv-00172-JAW, Order on
Recommended Decisions at 11-12 (ECF No. 103). In this case, this Court allowed Mr.
Hofland to proceed because his petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for writ of habeas
corpus was not barred by the Court’s January 18, 2012 order. Order (ECF No. 6).
Unfortunately, Mr. Hofland has used his § 2254 petition to make the same frivolous
and scurrilous allegations that were the hallmark of his prior lawsuits.
The Court concludes that Mr. Hofland violated the Cok Order and the Court
Except for filings, if any, challenging this Order, the Court prohibits any
further filings by Randall B. Hofland without prior permission from this Court. If
Mr. Hofland wishes to file any other pleadings in this Court, including new lawsuits,
he must file a motion for leave to file the specific pleading. In the motion for leave,
Mr. Hofland must explain the type of pleading he seeks to file, he must attach the
proposed pleading to the motion, and the motion for leave to file must not exceed
three pages. A judge shall review the proposed pleading and the motion for leave to
file and will determine whether such a pleading shall be allowed. In the absence of a
motion to allow filing and a court order allowing a pleading, the Court directs the
Clerk not to accept Mr. Hofland’s filings and to instead return them to him
immediately. See Chadbrown v. Coles, Nos. 2:11-cv-00145-GZS, 2:11-cv-00219-GZS,
2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127913, 3-4 (D. Me. Nov. 2, 2011).
/s/ John A. Woodcock, Jr.
JOHN A. WOODCOCK, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 18th day of December, 2017
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