Hill v. State of Mississippi
ORDER denying 5 Motion for More Definite Statement. Plaintiff's Motion 5 , which the Court has construed as a Motion to Reconsider the Order 4 entered June 29, 2017, is denied. Further Ordere d and Adjudged that Petitioner within 30 days of the file date of this Order shall comply with the Order 4 entered on June 29, 2017. Petitioner is warned that his failure to fully comply with this Order in a timely manner or failure to keep the Court informed of his current address may result in the dismissal of this cause. Signed by Honorable David C. Bramlette, III on August 8, 2017. (lda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
RUSSELL K. HILL, #L3506
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:17-cv-469-DCB-LRA
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
This matter comes before the Court on Petitioner=s Motion  for a More Definite
Statement filed July 13, 2017.
Petitioner filed the instant civil habeas petition pursuant to 28
U.S.C. ' 2241 on June 14, 2017.
The Court entered an Order  on June 29, 2017, directing
Petitioner to file his habeas request on AO 242 form, which included naming as the respondent
the Warden or Superintendent where he is presently incarcerated.
Petitioner states in his
Motion  at 4 that because the Court=s Order  does not cite any authority requiring him to
comply with that Order  he is not required to file an completed AO 242 form.
reasons discussed herein, the Court construes the Petitioner=s Motion  as a request that the
Court review the Order  entered June 29, 2017. See Solsona v. Warden, F.C.I., 821 F.2d
1129, 1132 n.1 (5th Cir. 1987) (finding that federal courts may construe and re-characterize a pro
se prisoner action Aaccording to the essence of the prisoner=s claims, regardless of the label that
the prisoner places on his complaint@).
An interlocutory order, such as the Order at issue here, Amay be revised at any time before
the entry of a judgment adjudicating all the claims and all the parties= rights and liabilities.@ See
Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b). Rule 54(b) provides the Court with the inherent power to Areconsider and
reverse its prior rulings on any interlocutory order >for any reason it deems sufficient.=@ United
States v. Renda, 709 F.3d 472, 479 (5th Cir. 2013) (quoting Saqui v. Pride Cent. Am., LLC, 595
F.3d 206, 210-11 (5th Cir. 2010).
Such authority, however, Ais exercised sparingly in order to
forestall the perpetual reexamination of orders and the resulting burdens and delays.@ Castrillo
v. Am. Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., No. 09-4369, 2010 WL 1424398, at *3 (E.D. La. Apr. 5,
2010) (citations omitted).
The Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts require that a
petition must name as the respondent the state officer who has custody of petitioner, see Rule 2
(a), and must substantially follow the AO 242 form, see Rule 2(d).
See Reyes-Gonzalez v.
Driver, No. C05-248, 2005 WL 1669830, at *2 (S.D. Tex. 2005) (finding that A[a] district court
may apply any or all the rules governing ' 2254 habeas petitions to those cases filed pursuant to
' 2241@) (citing Rule 1(b) of the Rules Governing ' 2254 Cases); Castillo v. Pratt, 162 F.Supp.
2d 575, 577 (N.D. Tex. 2001); Gaitain-Capanioni v. Thornburgh, 777 F. Supp. 1355, 1356 (E.D.
Petitioner=s habeas petition does not name the state officer who has custody of
Petitioner and the petition does not conform with the required form. See Pet.  at 1-4.
Court=s decision in the Order  entered on June 29, 2017, was correct.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Plaintiff=s Motion , which the Court has construed
as a Motion to Reconsider the Order  entered June 29, 2017, is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Petitioner within 30 days of the
file date of this Order comply with the Order  entered on June 29, 2017.
Petitioner is warned that his failure to fully comply with this Order in a timely manner or
failure to keep the Court informed of his current address may result in the dismissal of this cause.
SO ORDERED, this the 8th day of August, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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