Eason v. King
ORDER denying 10 Motion for Relief from Judgment or in the Alternative Hazel-Atlas Independant Action in Accordance with Fraud Upon the Court. Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on 10/24/2017 (dtj)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
STEVEN WALTER EASON, #118089
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:13-cv-182-KS-MTP
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION  FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT
OR ORDER PURSUANT TO FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 60(b)(3),
OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE, HAZEL-ATLAS INDEPENDENT ACTION IN
ACCORDANCE WITH “FRAUD UPON THE COURT”
This matter is before the Court on Petitioner’s Motion  for Relief from Judgment
pursuant to Rule 60(b)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or in the alternative, HazelAtlas independent action in accordance with “fraud upon the Court.”1
Petitioner argues “that
the State committed fraud upon the court which influenced the Court into ruling in its favor on
an application for permission to file a successive habeas.” Pet’r’s Mot.  at 1.
reviewed the record and Petitioner’s Motion , the Court will deny Petitioner’s Motion 
because this Court lacks jurisdiction to consider the instant Motion.
Petitioner states that he filed an application for permission to file a successive habeas on
December 6, 2016, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which was
assigned cause no. 16-60811.
Pet’r’s Mot.  at 2. The Fifth Circuit “asked the state, . . ., to
respond to the application on Jan. 11, 2017.”
The State then filed a response. Id. On
January 24, 2017, the Fifth Circuit denied Petitioner’s application. Id. Petitioner has filed a
The Court finds Petitioner is referring to United States Supreme Court’s decision in
Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. v. Hartford Empire Co., 322 U.S. 238 (1944). In Hazel-Atlas, the
Supreme Court found that an exception to the general rule “that judgments should not be
disturbed after the term of their entry has expired” existed “under certain circumstances, one of
which is after-discovered fraud.” Hazel-Atlas, 322 U.S. at 244.
number of pleadings with the Fifth Circuit attempting to demonstrate “a procedural violation by
the court, (it never allowed the petitioner to object/reply to the states response).”
Petitioner’s pleadings, including writs, filed in the Fifth Circuit were not acknowledged,
Petitioner filed this Motion . Id.
Petitioner argues that a fraud was committed by the State in its Response to Petitioner’s
application to file a successive habeas petition filed with the Fifth Circuit. See Pet’r’s Mot. 
As a result of this alleged fraud, the Fifth Circuit denied Petitioner’s application to file
a successive habeas petition. Id. Petitioner is requesting that this District Court review the
decision of the Fifth Circuit denying Petitioner’s application to file a successive habeas and “find
that the State did in fact ‘commit fraud upon the court’ purposely and grant relief from the
fraudulent judgment.” Id. at 12. Because this Court lacks jurisdiction to review a decision
of the Fifth Circuit or authorize the filing of a second or successive § 2254 motion, see 28 U.S.C.
§2244(b)(3)(A), Petitioner’s Motion  will be denied.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Petitioner’s Motion  pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
60(b)(3), or in the alternative, Hazel-Atlas independent action in accordance with “fraud upon
the court,” is denied for this Court’s lack of jurisdiction.
SO ORDERED, this the
day of October, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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