JACKMAN v. HOLLINGSWORTH
OPINION. Signed by Judge Robert B. Kugler on 1/26/2017. (dmr)(n.m.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
DONALD G. JACKMAN, Jr.,
Civ. No. 16-3572 (RBK)
ROBERT B. KUGLER, U.S.D.J.
Petitioner is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Previously, this Court determined that it lacked jurisdiction to
consider this petition under § 2241 and transferred this action to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit as it constituted a second or successive § 2255 motion. Petitioner
has now filed a motion to alter or amend this Court’s judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 59(e). This Court will reopen this case for the sole purpose of deciding petitioner’s
motion to alter or amend the judgment. For the following reasons, petitioner’s motion will be
This Court laid out the factual background giving rise to this case in a prior Opinion
entered August 5, 2016. (See Dkt. No. 5) Petitioner previously had a § 2255 motion denied in the
Western District of Pennsylvania in 2006. The Western District of Pennsylvania also denied
another § 2255 motion of petitioner’s in July 2016. That motion was denied as a second or
successive § 2255 motion that lacked authorization to be filed by the Third Circuit.
In June, 2016, petitioner filed this action. Among the claims he raises in his habeas
petition was that his sentence was enhanced under the Armed Career Criminal Act and not
authorized by law as priors do not qualify under its residual clause. Ultimately, on August 5,
2016, this Court determined that it lacked jurisdiction to consider petitioner’s 2241 habeas
action. Petitioner failed to show that he fit within the Third Circuit’s exception to bring this
habeas action as a § 2241 pursuant to In re Dorsainvil, 119 F.3d 245 (3d Cir. 1997). The case
was then transferred to the Third Circuit as a request to file a second or successive § 2255
On August 15, 2016, this Court received petitioner’s motion to alter or amend that
judgment. Petitioner objects to this Court’s sua sponte transfer of this action to the Third Circuit.
STANDARD ON MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
Motions for reconsideration are filed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e)
and are governed by Local Civil Rule 7.1(i) which allows a party to seek reconsideration by the
Court in matters in which the party believes the judge has “overlooked.” See Carney v.
Pennsauken Twp. Police Dep't, No. 11–7366, 2013 WL 4501454, at *1 (D.N.J. Aug. 21, 2013)
(citations omitted). “The standard for reargument is high and reconsideration is to be granted
only sparingly.” Yarrell v. Bartkowski, No. 10–5337, 2012 WL 1600316, at *3 (D.N.J. May 7,
2012) (citing United States v. Jones, 158 F.R.D. 309, 314 (D.N.J. 1994)). To be successful on a
motion for reconsideration, a petitioner has the burden to demonstrate: “(1) an intervening
change in the controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence that was not available when
the court [issued its order]; or (3) the need to correct a clear error of law or fact or to prevent
manifest injustice.” Max's Seafood Café ex rel. Lou–Ann, Inc. v. Quinteros, 176 F.3d 669, 677
(3d Cir. 1999) (citation omitted); see also Berry v. Jacobs IMC, LLC, 99 F. App’x 405, 410 (3d
Cir. 2004). Additionally, Rule 59(e) requires that it be filed within twenty-eight days after the
entry of judgment. See FED. R. CIV. P. 59(e).
Petitioner’s motion to alter or amend judgment pursuant to Rule 59 will be denied. As
this Court noted previously, petitioner is not entitled to proceed in this action as a § 2241 habeas
petition because he did not fit within the Dorsainvil exception by showing that § 2255 was
inadequate or ineffective. Furthermore, as petitioner had already proceeded with a § 2255 motion
in the Western District of Pennsylvania, if he wanted to proceed with a second or successive §
2255 motion, it was necessary to obtain authorization from the Third Circuit before being
allowed to proceed with a second or successive § 2255 motion. See 28 U.S.C. § 2255(h) (a
second or successive § 2255 motion must be certified by the appropriate panel of the court of
appeals). Accordingly, transferring this case to the Third Circuit for its consideration as a request
to file a second or successive § 2255 motion was appropriate. Indeed, in a September 14, 2016
Order that denied petitioner’s action that had been transferred to the Third Circuit for
consideration as a request to file a second or successive § 2255 motion, the Third Circuit
explained that, “[t]o the extent that Petitioner argues that the District Court had jurisdiction under
§ 2241 and should not have transferred the petition, we find that argument to be without merit for
substantially the reasons provided in the District Court’s opinion accompanying the transfer
order.” (C.A. 16-3330, Sept. 14, 2016 Order).
For the foregoing reasons, petitioner’s motion to alter or amend the judgment will be
denied. An appropriate order will be entered.
DATED: January 26, 2017
s/Robert B. Kugler
ROBERT B. KUGLER
United States District Judge
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