Rivera v. RADM Spaulding Federal Medical Center Devens, MA
Judge Allison D. Burroughs: ORDER entered denying 6 Motion for Reconsideration ; denying as moot 7 Motion to supplement the record. (PSSA, 4)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
PABLO M. RIVERA,
RADM Spaulding Federal Medical Center
C.A. No. 20-10776-ADB
Pablo M. Rivera (“Rivera”) is an inmate at FMC Devens who filed a pro se habeas petition
seeking release to home confinement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dkt. No. 1. On April
22, 2020, Rivera’s petition was denied without prejudice. Dkt No. 4. In denying the petition, the
Court found that there was no indication that Rivera presented his request to FMC Devens or the
Federal Bureau of Prisons and, more importantly, that this Court cannot utilize 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)
to modify his sentence which was imposed in the District of Hawaii. Id.
The Court’s records indicate that Rivera filed a second action seeking, among other things,
release to home confinement. Rivera v. Spaulding, No. 20-10777-DJC (dismissed July 16, 2020).
The Court found that the Prison Litigation Reform Act prevented the Court from granting release
to home confinement as a remedy to a challenge to prison conditions. Id. at Dkt. No. 17 (citing
18 U.S.C. § 3626(a)(3)(A); Grinis v. Spaulding, No. 20-10738-GAO, 2020 WL 3097360, at *3-5
(D. Mass. June 11, 2020)). Rivera was also advised that a request for compassionate release must
be directed to the sentencing court. Id. (citations omitted).
Now before the Court is Rivera’s motion for reconsideration. Dkt No. 6. Attached to the
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motion is a copy of Rivera’s compassionate release form. Id. Rivera also filed a motion to
supplement the record concerning exhaustion. Dkt. No. 7. "The granting of a motion for
reconsideration is an extraordinary remedy which should be used sparingly" and only where "either
that newly discovered evidence (not previously available) has come to light or that the rendering
court committed a manifest error of law." Palmer v. Champion Mortg, 465 F.3d 24, 30 (1st Cir.
2006) (internal citation omitted).
Although Rivera is pursuing his administrative remedies, this Court is unable to grant
Rivera the relief he seeks. See Rivera, No. 20-10777-DJC; Grinis, No. 20-10738-GAO, 2020 WL
3097360, at *3-5. Because Rivera has failed to show that reconsideration is warranted, the motion
(Dkt. No. 6) for reconsideration is DENIED and the motion (Dkt No. 7) to supplement the record
is DENIED AS MOOT.
/s/ Allison D. Burroughs
ALLISON D. BURROUGHS
United States District Judge
Dated: September 10, 2020
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