McCoy v. Newton County, Mississippi et al
ORDER denying 15 Motion for Reconsideration and Plaintiff's request for mandamus relief found within his Motion 15 is denied for the reasons set out in the Order. Signed by Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on November 13, 2017. (SP)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
TIMOTHY ALLEN MCCOY, #182773
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:17-cv-205-DPJ-FKB
NEWTON COUNTY, WILSON CARROL
AND STEVEN KILGORE
This § 1983 case is before the Court on the Motion  of Plaintiff Timothy Allen
McCoy, proceeding pro se, for reconsideration of the Court=s Order  of dismissal and Final
Judgment . The Court, having considered Plaintiff=s Motion in light of the applicable
authority, finds Plaintiff=s Motion should be denied.
Rule 59(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows a court to alter or amend a
judgment. But reconsideration Ais an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly.@
Templet v. HydroChem Inc., 367 F.3d 473, 479 (5th Cir. 2004). And Asuch a motion is not the
proper vehicle for rehashing evidence, legal theories, or arguments that could have been offered
or raised before the entry of judgment.” Id. (citing Simon v. United States, 891 F.2d 1154,
1159 (5th Cir. 1990)). Instead, Aa motion to alter or amend the judgment under Rule 59(e) must
clearly establish either a manifest error of law or fact or must present newly discovered evidence
and cannot be used to raise arguments which could, and should, have been made before the
judgment issued.” Rosenzweig v. Azurix Corp., 332 F.3d 854, 863 (5th Cir. 2003) (citations and
Plaintiff argues that he should be allowed to proceed with his claims under § 1983
because he is not challenging the validity of his convictions but instead he is seeking the
“evidence that convicted him.” Mot.  at 1. Specifically, Plaintiff seeks phone records,
pictures, statements, medical records, and messages from websites that he claims was “said on
the record” and used to determine the date of the crime. Id. at 2. Plaintiff claims that this
“material evidence” will “prove the alleged victim was of age to consent and therefore [there]
was no sexual battery crime and if [there is] no evidence there was no conviction.” Id.
Plaintiff states that his efforts to obtain this evidence has been denied by the state courts and his
former attorney. Id. at 1. Plaintiff also says the evidence used to convict him “does not exist”
and a witness committed perjury. Id. at 2. Plaintiff is asking the Court to reconsider the
dismissal of this case and issue an order compelling the state courts to provide these records to
him. Id. at 3.
In the Order  of dismissal, the Court considered Plaintiff’s claims and determined that
they challenged the validity of his current confinement and were barred by absolute prosecutorial
immunity and Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). In his Motion , Plaintiff continues
to challenge the validity of his convictions. Plaintiff does not assert any arguments that he did
not already raise in his Complaint or that were not available to him at the time of filing this
lawsuit. Therefore, Plaintiff fails to satisfy the requirements for obtaining relief under Rule
Furthermore, to the extent Plaintiff attempts to couch his claims solely as a request for
records from the state courts, his argument is futile. A litigant “seeking to have the federal court
direct the state court to perform its duties as he wishes” is properly construed as seeking
mandamus relief. Rhodes v. Keller, 77 F. App’x 261, 261 (5th Cir. 2003). But “federal courts
have no authority to direct state courts or their judicial officers in the performance of their
duties.” LaBranche v. Becnel, 559 F. App’x 290, 290 (5th Cir. 2014) (citing Moye v. Clerk,
DeKalb Cty. Superior Ct., 474 F.2d 1275, 1276 (5th Cir. 1973) (holding that court lacked
authority to issue mandamus directing state-court clerk to produce documents)). Plaintiff is not
entitled to the mandamus relief he seeks within his motion to reconsider. See id.; Hill v. Texas
Dep’t of Criminal Justice, 670 F. App’x 275, 276 (5th Cir. 2016) (finding district court correctly
determined it lacked authority to order the state appellate court to prepare an appellate record).
The Court has considered the pleadings and applicable law. For the foregoing reasons,
Plaintiff=s Motion  for Reconsideration under Rule 59(e) is denied. Plaintiff’s request for
mandamus relief found within his Motion  is likewise denied.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 13th day of November, 2017.
s/ Daniel P. Jordan III
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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