Hays v. State of Miss et al
ORDER denying 12 Motion to Alter Judgment; denying 12 Motion to Amend. Signed by District Judge Michael P. Mills on 11/21/17. (cr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
STATE OF MISS, ET AL.
Pending before the Court is Howard Hays’ second motion to alter or amend this Court’s
judgment dismissing his § 1983 suit with prejudice. Hays brings the instant motion pursuant to
Rule 59(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. An order granting such relief is appropriate
when: (1) there has been an intervening change in the controlling law, (2) the movant presents
newly discovered evidence that was previously unavailable, or (3) it is necessary to correct a
manifest error of law or fact. Schiller v. Physicians Resource Group, Inc., 342 F.3d 563, 567
(5th Cir. 2003).
This Court has already twice ruled that this civil action is barred by res judicata, as it is
duplicative of an earlier-filed action. See, e.g., Doc. #8 at 3; Doc. #11; Hays v. Granderson,
4:15cv51-NBB-DAS (N.D. Miss.). In the instant motion, Hays argues that this action is not
duplicative, as the defendants have engaged in a pattern of behavior that denied him of his due
process and other constitutional rights. Doc. #12 at 3. Hays’ argument does not cast any doubt
on the validity of the Court’s prior finding that this action is impermissibly duplicative.
Therefore, Rule 59(e) relief is not warranted, and the instant motion  is DENIED.
SO ORDERED this 21st day of November, 2017.
/s/ Michael P. Mills
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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