Griffes v. Rivard
OPINION AND ORDER denying 29 Motion for reconsideration and directing the Clerk of Court to transfer 29 Motion for a certificate of appealability to the USCA for the Sixth Circuit. Signed by District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith. (DPer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 11-cv-14227
HON. MARK A. GOLDSMITH
OPINION AND ORDER
DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION (Dkt. 29) AND
DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE COURT TO TRANSFER PETITIONER’S
MOTION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY TO THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Petitioner Edward Griffes has filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (Dkt. 1), challenging his conviction for first-degree felony murder, Mich.
Comp. Laws § 750.316(b); felony firearm, Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.227b; and receiving and
concealing stolen property (firearms), Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.535(2)(b).
On December 12,
2016, the Court denied Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, declined to issue a
certificate of appealability, but granted Petitioner leave to appeal in forma pauperis. 12/12/2016
Op. & Order (Dkt. 26).
Petitioner has now filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals.
Petitioner has also filed a motion for a certificate of appealability (Dkt. 29), which this Court will
treat as a motion for reconsideration of the Court’s prior decision to deny Petitioner a certificate of
For the reasons that follow, the Court denies Petitioner’s motion for
The Court will further order that Petitioner’s motion for a certificate of
appealability be transferred to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
The Court previously denied Petitioner a certificate of appealability when it denied the
petition for writ of habeas corpus. Therefore, the Court will construe Petitioner’s motion for a
certificate of appealability as a motion for reconsideration of the Court’s prior order to deny a
certificate of appealability in this case. See, e.g., Jackson v. Crosby, 437 F.3d 1290, 1294 n. 5
(11th Cir. 2006).
Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1(h), the Court “will not grant motions for rehearing or
reconsideration that merely present the same issues ruled upon by the court, either expressly or by
reasonable implication.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3). Rather, a party seeking reconsideration must
demonstrate (i) a “palpable defect” by which the court and the parties have been “misled,” and (ii)
that “correcting the defect will result in a different disposition of the case.” Id. A “palpable
defect” is an error that is “obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest or plain.” United States v.
Cican, 156 F. Supp. 2d 661, 668 (E.D. Mich. 2001).
Petitioner has failed to advance any arguments in his motion for a certificate of
appealability that shows that this Court erred in denying the petition for writ of habeas corpus and
in declining to issue a certificate of appealability. A habeas petitioner’s conclusory assertion that
jurists of reason would find his or her claims to be debatable is insufficient to warrant the issuance
of a certificate of appealability. See Babgy v. Saffle, 53 F. App’x 25, 28 (10th Cir. 2002).
Therefore, the Court denies Petitioner’s request for reconsideration, because Petitioner is merely
presenting issues that were already ruled upon by this Court, either expressly or by reasonable
implication, when the Court denied Petitioner’s application for writ of habeas corpus and denied
him a certificate of appealability. See Hence v. Smith, 49 F. Supp. 2d 547, 553 (E.D. Mich.
The Court further notes that the proper procedure when a district court denies a certificate
of appealability is for Petitioner to file a motion for a certificate of appealability before the
appellate court in the appeal from the judgment denying the petition for writ of habeas corpus or
the motion to vacate sentence. See Sims v. United States, 244 F. 3d 509 (6th Cir. 2001) (citing
Fed. R. App. P. 22(b)(1)). In light of the fact that this Court has already denied Petitioner a
certificate of appealability, Petitioner should direct his request for a certificate of appealability to
the Sixth Circuit. The Court, in the interests of justice, orders that Petitioner’s motion for a
certificate of appealability be transferred to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Accordingly, the Court denies Petitioner’s motion for reconsideration (Dkt. 29), and orders
the Clerk of the Court to transfer Petitioner’s motion for a certificate of appealability to the United
States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631.
Dated: January 24, 2017
s/Mark A. Goldsmith
MARK A. GOLDSMITH
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record and any
unrepresented parties via the Court's ECF System to their respective email or First Class U.S. mail
addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on January 24, 2017.
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