Munt v. Roy et al
ORDER denying 71 Motion for Reconsideration or Extension. Signed by Judge Donovan W. Frank on 10/11/2019. (LJL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Civil No. 18-3390 (DWF/ECW)
Paul Schnell, Commissioner of
Corrections; Michelle Smith, OPH
Warden; Tammy Wherley, former OPH
AWA; Michael Costello, Former STW
Discipline Lt.; David Reishus, OPH AWO,
OPH Transfer Office; Jeanne Michels,
OPH Education Director; Sadie Jensen,
former OPH Librarian; Eddie Miles, STW
Warden; Victor Wanchena, STW AWA;
Mike Warner, STW Discipline Lt.
This matter is before the Court upon pro se Plaintiff Joel Munt’s (“Plaintiff”) selfstyled Motion for Reconsideration or Extension (Doc. No. 71 (“Motion”)) to the Court’s
September 20, 2019 Order (Doc. No. 65 (“Order”)) insofar as it denied in part his
requests for a 60-day extension and to exceed the word count limit in response to
Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 29).1
The Court first observes that pursuant to Local Rule 7.1(j), Plaintiff must seek
permission to file a motion for reconsideration prior to filing the motion. Under Local
The Court’s Order affirmed Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright’s July 15,
2019 Order (Doc. No. 43 (“July Order”)). The Order also addressed Plaintiff’s failure to
comply with the July Order.
Rule 7.1(j), a party must show “compelling circumstances” to obtain permission to file a
motion to reconsider. D. Minn. L.R. 7.1(j).
Plaintiff did not seek permission prior to filing his motion. Recognizing that
Plaintiff is a pro se litigant, the Court grants him a certain degree of latitude and will
consider his motion. The Court cautions, however, that Plaintiff must familiarize himself
with and adhere to the Rules going forward.
Plaintiff contends that the Court ignored or “brushed off” his arguments with
respect to his need for additional time and words in response to Defendants’ Motion to
Dismiss. (Motion at 1-2.) He also objects to the Court’s finding that he wantonly
disregarded the Magistrate Judge’s July 15, 2019 Order (Doc. No. 43) by failing to
comply with the specified time and word limits. Plaintiff alleges that the Court’s failure
to grant him the additional time and words that he requests is a de facto dismissal of his
case. (Motion at 3-4.)
Here, the Court did grant Plaintiff additional time and words, even granting
additional time to correct a filing in blatant disregard of the July Order. The Court
observes that instead of attempting to comply with the Order, Plaintiff filed a motion
objecting to the Rules and arguing that they do not apply to him.
The Court understands that Plaintiff disagrees with the Court’s decision; however,
Plaintiff has failed to present compelling circumstances that warrant reconsideration. The
Court has already considered Plaintiff’s arguments and rejected them. A motion to
reconsider should not be employed to relitigate old issues, but rather to “afford an
opportunity for relief in extraordinary circumstances.” Dale & Selby Superette & Deli v.
U.S. Dept. of Agric., 838 F. Supp. 1346, 1348 (D. Minn. 1993).
Having fully considered Plaintiff’s submission, the Court concludes that Plaintiff
has failed to demonstrate the “extraordinary circumstances” necessary to warrant
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for
Reconsideration or Extension (Doc. No. )) is DENIED.
Dated: October 11, 2019
s/Donovan W. Frank
DONOVAN W. FRANK
United States District Judge
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