Dillard v. Burt
ORDER denying 80 petitioner's fifth Motion for relief from judgment and denying 81 Motion to Reopen Case. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
EDDIE L. DILLARD,
Case No. 03-CV-71269
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S FIFTH MOTION FOR RELIEF
FROM JUDGMENT (#80) AND PETITIONER’S MOTION TO REINSTATE
HABEAS CORPUS PROCEEDING AND REOPEN JUDGMENT (#81)
On September 6, 2012, petitioner Eddie Dillard filed his fifth motion for relief from
judgment arguing his 1997 state court convictions and sentence should be vacated
because the Michigan Office of Secretary of State was not in possession of a public record
indicating that the presiding state court judge had been administered an oath of office. On
February 1, 2013, petitioner filed a motion to reinstate habeas corpus proceeding and
reopen judgment pursuant to Rule 60(b) on the same basis. This argument was made in
his earlier motions for relief from judgment, in addition to other filings and appeals, and has
been rejected by this court and the Sixth Circuit. Petitioner also appears to assert a double
jeopardy argument that was rejected by this court on June 2, 2004 and then rejected by the
Sixth Circuit. Petitioner’s Rule 60(b) motions are denied because he has failed to offer any
arguments which this court has not already considered and rejected in prior orders. The
court will also deny petitioner a certificate of appealability as he failed to make a substantial
showing of the denial of a constitutional right or that this court’s procedural ruling is wrong.
The court will deny petitioner leave to appeal in forma pauperis, because the appeal would
be frivolous. For these reasons, as well as the reasons stated in this court’s earlier orders,
petitioner’s motion for relief from judgment (#80) is DENIED, petitioner’s motion to reopen
pursuant to Rule 60(b) (#81) is DENIED, a certificate of appealability is DENIED, and
petitioner will be DENIED leave to appeal in forma pauperis.
Dated: March 19, 2013
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
March 19, 2013, by electronic and/or ordinary mail and also to
Eddie L. Dillard, P254178, Lakeland Correctional Facility,
141 First Street, Coldwater, MI 49036.
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