GEORGE v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
OPINION filed. Signed by Judge Anne E. Thompson on 10/11/2017. (km)
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
OCT 11 2017
WILLIAM T. WALSH
C. TATE GEORGE,
HONORABLE ANNE E. THOMPSON
No. 17-2641 (AET)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
THOMPSON, District Judge:
This matter comes before the Court on Petitioner's unopposed motions to supplement and
amend his§ 2255 motion (ECF Nos. 12,14, 17). The motions are being considered on the papers
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 78(b).
Petitioner filed a motion to vacate, set aside, ot correct his federal sentence
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 on April 18, 2017 (ECF No. 1).
The Honorable Mary L. Cooper, U.S.D.J., 1 administratively terminated the
motion on May 1, 201 7 as Petitioner had not used the form provided by the Clerk's Office for §
2255 motions. (ECF No. 2).
Petitioner resubmitted his petition on the proper form on July 7, 2017 (ECF No.
The matter was reassigned to the undersigned on July 24, 2017.
On August 10 and 15, Petitioner filed two motions to supplement the amended
petition with exhibits. (ECF Nos. 12 and 14).
The Court ordered Respondent to answer the amended petition on September 1,
On September 13, 2017, Petitioner filed another motion to amend, this time
asking to amend the§ 2255 motion itself"to correct certain discrepancies in the pending Section
2255 petition." (ECF No. 17 if 1).
The motion to amend (ECF No. 17) does not identify which "discrepancies" in the
forms that Petitioner completed by himself need to be corrected. Furthermore, motions to amend
· must include "a copy of the proposed amended pleading" and "a form of the amended pleading
that shall indicate in what respect(s) it differs from the pleading which it proposes to amend, by
bracketing or striking through materials to be deleted and underlining materials to be added."
Local Civ. R. 15. l(a). Petitioner's motion does not comply with either of these requirements.
The Court shall grant Petitioner's motions to supplement (ECF Nos. 12 and 14) in
substance and direct the Clerk to file the documents as exhibits in support of the amended
The Court will deny Petitioner's motion to amend for failure to comply with the
rules regarding amending pleadings. He may refile his motion to amend by filing a motion that
complies with the Federal and Local Civil Rules, specifically by including a proposed second
amended § 2255 petition. The proposed second amended pleading should be on the correct §
In light of Petitioner's prose status, the Court will relieve him of the requirement
that the proposed second amended pleading contain bracketing, strikethroughs, or underlining to
indicate the revisions.
An appropriate order follows.
Dat! o( ti /J
U.S. District Judge
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