Griffin v. Ebbert
ORDER denying 42 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Honorable David C. Bramlette, III on September 29, 2011. (lda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
WILLIE J. GRIFFIN, JR.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:11-cv-96-DCB-RHW
MR. EBBERT, Warden
ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION TO RECONSIDER
BEFORE THE COURT is petitioner' Motion for Reconsideration  filed August 24,
2011. Petitioner moves the Court to reconsider the Memorandum Opinion  and Final
Judgment  of dismissal entered on August 16, 2011. Having considered the issues raised in
the motion , the Court finds that the motion  is not well-taken and should be denied.
Although a “motion for reconsideration” is not explicitly recognized by the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure, a litigant’s request for such relief is evaluated as a motion “to alter or amend
judgment” under Rule 59(e) or as motion for “relief from judgment” under Rule 60(b). See
Rogers v. KBR Technical Services, Inc., 2008 WL 2337184, *5 (5th Cir. June 9, 2008)(citing
Lavespere v. Niagara Mach. & Tool Works, 910 F.2d 167, 173 (5th Cir.1990),(abrogated on
other grounds). Since petitioner’s motion  was filed within 28 days of the Court’s Final
Judgment , his request will be reviewed pursuant to Rule 59(e).
In order to obtain relief petitioner “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)(citation omitted). The United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit has stated that when deciding a motion filed pursuant to Rule 59(e), a district
court should consider the following non-inclusive factors: (1) the reasons for the plaintiffs’
default; (2) the importance of the evidence to the plaintiffs’ case; (3) whether the evidence
was available to the plaintiffs before they responded to the underlying motion; and (4) the
likelihood that the defendants will suffer unfair prejudice if the case is reopened. Sturges v.
Moore, 73 Fed.Appx. 777, 778, 2003 WL 22100834, at *1 (5th Cir. Sept. 11, 2003)(citing Ford
v. Elsbury, 32 F.3d 931, 937-38 (5th Cir. 1994)). Litigants considering a Rule 59(e) motion
have been "strongly cautioned" to carefully consider the grounds for such a motion. Atkins v.
Marathon LeTorneau Co., 130 F.R.D. 625, 626 n.1 (S.D. Miss. 1990). "Whatever may be
the purpose of Rule 59(e), it should not be supposed that it is intended to give an unhappy
litigant one additional chance to sway the judge." Id. at 626.
Petitioner argues in his motion  that “this Court has committed an error of law based
upon” its conclusion that it lacks jurisdiction to consider the instant § 2241 petition for habeas
relief because it did not have jurisdiction of the instant petition when it was filed on December
10, 2007. As discussed in the Memorandum Opinion and Order  entered by this Court,
under the law of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the only district that
may consider a § 2241 habeas petition is the district in which the prisoner is confined at the time
he filed his § 2241 petition. Lee v. Wetzel, 244 F.3d 370, 375 n.5 (5th Cir. 2001). When the
petitioner filed the instant civil action on December 10, 2007, he was incarcerated in a federal
correctional facility located in the United States District Court for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania. See Mem. Op. . Therefore, after thorough consideration of the motion 
submitted, the entire court record and relevant case law, the Court concludes that petitioner has
failed to satisfy the requirements for obtaining relief pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is hereby,
ORDERED that petitioner’s Motion for Reconsideration  is denied.
SO ORDERED this the 29th
day of September
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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