Szymanski v. Zilli et al
ORDER denying 7 Motion for relief from judgment, denying 8 Motion for relief from judgment. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 12-12356
GARY J. GILLI, et.al.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTIONS FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT
On May 31, 2012, Plaintiff Eugene Szymanski filed a pro se civil rights complaint
and an application under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1) to proceed without prepayment of fees
or costs. On June 27, 2012, the court dismissed the complaint without prejudice
because of the “three strikes” provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995. See
28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Plaintiff filed three or more lawsuits which were dismissed as
frivolous. Szymanski v. Detroit Police Dep’t, No. 96-40426 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 24, 1997)
(Gadola, J.) (dismissed as frivolous); Szymanski v. Michigan, No. 97-40455 (E.D. Mich.
Dec. 29, 1997) (Gadola, J.) (dismissed as frivolous); Szymanski v. Wayne Cnty., No.
96-60010 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 6, 1996) (LaPlata, J.) (dismissed as frivolous); Szymanski v.
Peppler, No. 89-73061 (E.D. Mich. Nov. 14, 1989) (Taylor, J.) (dismissed as frivolous).
On July 11 and 18, 2012, Plaintiff moved for relief from judgment under Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b). Plaintiff argues that he has fewer than three strikes and
that, even if he has three strikes, he has presented sufficient evidence to show that he
is in imminent danger of serious physical injury, which allows him to bypass the three-
strikes provision. Plaintiff claims that he has demonstrated he should be allowed to
proceed with his complaint. The court disagrees.
The court construes each of Plaintiff’s motions as a motion for reconsideration
under Local Rule 7.1(h). “A motion for rehearing or reconsideration must be filed within
14 days after entry of the judgment or order.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(1). Plaintiff’s
July 11, 2012, motion is timely. However, Plaintiff’s July 18, 2012, motion for relief from
judgment is untimely, and fails for that reason.
Typically, the court will not grant a motion for reconsideration that raises issues
an earlier order addresses, either expressly or by reasonable implication. The movant
must identify a palpable defect in the court’s ruling and show that correcting the defect
will change the outcome of the action. E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3). “A palpable defect is a
defect that is obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest or plain.” Scozzari v. City of Clare,
723 F. Supp. 2d 974, 981-82 (E.D. Mich. 2010) (citation and quotation marks omitted).
Plaintiff has more than three strikes. Hence Plaintiff has not demonstrated a
palpable defect in the order dismissing his complaint. His July 11, 2012, motion merely
presents the same issues previously ruled upon by the court. The motion therefore
Even if Plaintiff’s July 18, 2012, motion were timely, Plaintiff fails to establish an
entitlement to relief. In his July 18, 2012 motion, Plaintiff states again that the court
incorrectly applied the three-strikes provision prospectively, that the provision is overly
broad and unconstitutional, and that he is in imminent danger of serious physical
danger. Plaintiff offers no argument that has not already been considered and rejected.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motions for relief from judgment [Dkts. # 7 & 8]
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: November 30, 2012
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, November 30, 2012, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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