Lyons-Bey v. Campbell
OPINION AND ORDER denying as moot 41 Motion for Summary Judgment; denying 42 Rule 60(B) Motion for Relief from Judgment; and Declining to Issue a Certificate of Appealability, and Denying Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Signed by District Judge John Corbett O'Meara. (WBar)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
DAVID MAURICE LYONS-BEY,
Case No. 5:16-CV-13797
HON. JOHN CORBETT O’MEARA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING AS MOOT THE MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT (Dkt. # 41), DENYING THE RULE 60(B) MOTION FOR RELIEF
FROM JUDGMENT (Dkt. # 42), DECLINING TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF
APPEALABILITY, AND DENYING LEAVE TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS
On February 14, 2018, this Court denied the petition for writ of habeas corpus and
declined to issue a certificate of appealability or leave to appeal in forma pauperis.
Petitioner has filed a motion for summary judgment and a motion for relief from
judgment. The motions are denied.
Given this Court’s previous determination that Petitioner is not entitled to federal
habeas relief, the motion for summary judgment will be denied as moot. See Ortiz v.
Williams, 489 F. Supp. 2d 381, 386 (D. Del. 2007).
Petitioner claims in his Rule 60(b) motion that this Court erred in adjudicating his
sufficiency of evidence claim.
A Rule 60(b) motion should be denied when the movant attempts to use the motion
to relitigate the merits of a claim. See Miles v. Straub, 90 F. App’x. 456, 458 (6th Cir. 2004).
A movant under Rule 60(b) is also not entitled to relief when he or she simply rephrases the
prior allegations that were contained in the original complaint. See Johnson v. Unknown
Dellatifa, 357 F. 3d 539, 543 (6th Cir. 2004). A habeas petitioner may not raise arguments
during his or her first federal habeas proceeding, lose those arguments, and then raise the
same arguments based on the same evidence in a Rule 60(b) motion for relief from judgment.
See Brooks v. Bobby, 660 F. 3d 959, 962 (6th Cir. 2011).
This Court will deny this petitioner’s Rule 60(b) motion, because petitioner is merely
using the motion to relitigate the merits of an issue already decided adversely against him.
See Miles, 90 F. App’x. at 458.
The Court denies petitioner a certificate of appealability. A habeas petitioner is
required to obtain a certificate of appealability before he or she can appeal the denial of a
60(b) motion for relief from judgment which seeks to challenge the judgment in a habeas
case. See United States v. Hardin, 481 F. 3d 924, 926 (6th Cir. 2007). In habeas cases which
involve a district court’s denial of a 60(b) motion for relief from judgment on procedural
grounds without reaching the merits of any constitutional claims, a petitioner should be
granted a certificate of appealability only if he or she is able to make both a substantial
showing that he or she had a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right, and a
substantial showing that the procedural ruling by the district court is wrong. Id., at 926, n.
Petitioner is not entitled to a certificate of appealability from the denial of his motion
for relief from judgment, because he failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right or that this Court’s procedural ruling was incorrect. The Court will also
deny petitioner leave to appeal in forma pauperis, because the appeal would be frivolous. See
Allen v. Stovall, 156 F. Supp. 2d 791, 798 (E.D. Mich. 2001).
Based upon the foregoing, IT IS ORDERED that the motion for summary judgment
(Dkt. # 41] is DENIED AS MOOT and the motion for relief from judgment (Dkt. # 42) is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Petitioner will be DENIED leave to appeal in
s/John Corbett O’Meara
United States District Judge
Date: March 8, 2018
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties of
record on this date, March 8, 2018, using the ECF system and/or ordinary mail.
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