Reed v. Gonzalez et al
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AND AMENDED COMPLAINT [DOC. 12]. Signed by District Judge Avern Cohn. (MVer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CASE NO. 16-CV-14255
HONORABLE AVERN COHN
RENE GONZALEZ, et al.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AN AMENDED
COMPLAINT (Doc. 12)
Michigan prisoner Rommel Reed (“plaintiff”) filed a pro se civil rights case under
42 U.S.C. § 1983 challenging his 2006-2007 state criminal proceedings and asserting
that he is being denied state records relevant to those proceedings. He named two
Michigan State Police troopers, a Jackson County detective, and a Jackson County
prosecutor as defendants and sued them in their personal capacities seeking monetary
damages and injunctive relief. The Court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a
claim upon which relief may be granted under § 1983 and because the prosecutor is
entitled to absolute immunity. (Doc. 10). The Court did not retain jurisdiction.
Before the Court is plaintiff's motion to amend the complaint seeking to remove
the prosecutor as a defendant, to add two Wayne County parole agents as defendants,
and to raise new claims against them. (Doc. 12) For the reasons that follow, the motion
Regarding the request to amend, plaintiff has not moved to re-open this case –
and the case has already been closed. While a court generally has discretion to allow
amendment of a civil complaint, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), that is not the case where, as
here, the Court has already dismissed the complaint. Under Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 15, once a judgment has been entered in a case, the filing of an amendment
is not allowed unless the judgment has been set aside or vacated. In re Ferro Corp.
Derivative Litigation, 511 F.3d 611, 624 (6th Cir. 2008). Moreover, amendment would be
futile. While removing the prosecutor as a defendant cures one defect in the initial
complaint, adding more defendants does not.
Regarding the request to add defendants and new claims, plaintiff is not entitled
to relief. A plaintiff may not raise new factual allegations in a request for
reconsideration. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian v. Engler, 146 F.3d 367,
374 (6th Cir. 1998). Moreover, adding more defendants does not cure the defects in the
original complaint. If plaintiff wishes to raise new claims against new defendants, the
proper course is to file a new complaint.
No further pleadings should be filed in this action. Additional pleadings may be
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: February 21, 2017
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