Jones v. Doe
ORDER denying 6 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge John Corbett O'Meara. (WBar)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 5:17-cv-13379
Hon. John Corbett O’Meara
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION [Dkt. 6]
Plaintiff DeAngelo Jones, a state prisoner, filed this case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Petitioner
asserts that a clerk for the Wayne Circuit Court failed to serve him with copies of an order in his
criminal case, preventing him from pursuing a state court appeal of his criminal conviction. On
October 25, 2017, the Court summarily dismissed the complaint, finding in part that the court clerk
was entitled to absolute immunity. Presently before the Court is Petitioner’s motion for
Local Rule 7.1(h) allows a party to file a motion for reconsideration. However, a motion for
reconsideration which presents the same issues already ruled upon by the court, either expressly or
by reasonable implication, will not be granted. Ford Motor Co. v. Greatdomains.com, Inc., 177 F.
Supp. 2d 628, 632 (E.D. Mich. 2001). The movant must not only demonstrate a palpable defect by
which the court and the parties have been misled but also show that a different disposition of the
case must result from a correction thereof. A palpable defect is a defect that is obvious, clear,
unmistakable, manifest, or plain. Witzke v. Hiller, 972 F. Supp. 426, 427 (E.D. Mich. 1997).
In the present case, the arguments raised by Plaintiff in his motion for reconsideration were
already rejected by the Court in the opinion dismissing the complaint. Plaintiff continues to argue
that Defendant is not entitled to immunity. It is well-established, however, that court clerks and other
court employees have absolute immunity against liability for actions arising out of the performance
of judicial or quasi-judicial functions. Foster v. Walsh, 864 F.2d 416, 418 (6th Cir. 1988).
“Quasi-judicial immunity extends to those persons performing tasks so integral or intertwined with
the judicial process that these persons are considered an arm of the judicial offer who is immune.”
Bush v. Rauch, 38 F.3d 842, 847 (6th Cir. 1994).
Because Plaintiff is merely presenting issues which were already ruled upon by the court,
either expressly or by reasonable implication, the motion for reconsideration is DENIED. See Hence
v. Smith, 49 F. Supp. 2d 547, 553 (E.D. Mich. 1999).
s/John Corbett O’Meara
United States District Judge
Date: December 6, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties of record
on this date, December 6, 2017, using the ECF system and/or ordinary mail.
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