Smith v. Hanuska et al
ORDER denying 2nd motion for reconsideration 109 & amended 2nd motion for reconsideration 113 . (See order for complete details.) Signed by Honorable Christopher C. Conner on 06/06/11. (ki)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
STEWART C. SMITH
OFFICER JOHN HANUSKA and
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:09-CV-0889
AND NOW, this 6th day of June, 2011, upon consideration of the second
motion for reconsideration (Doc. 109) filed by plaintiff Stewart C. Smith (“Smith”)
on May 17, 2011, and the amended second motion for reconsideration (Doc. 113)
filed by Smith on June 1, 2011, wherein Smith seeks reconsideration of the
memorandum and order of court (Doc. 92) dated March 17, 2011, denying Smith’s
motion for summary judgment and wherein he reasserts his argument that
summary judgment in his favor is warranted against Officer John Hanuska and
Detective David Bixler, and it appearing that a motion for reconsideration must be
filed within fourteen days after entry of the order, see L.R. 7.10 (stating that “[a]ny
motion for reconsideration . . . must be accompanied by a supporting brief and filed
within fourteen (14) days after the entry of the order concerned”), and the court
noting that the second motion for reconsideration and the amended second motion
for reconsideration were filed more than sixty days after the entry of the March 17,
2011 order, and the court concluding that the motions are untimely,1 it is hereby
ORDERED that the second motion for reconsideration (Doc. 109) and the amended
second motion for reconsideration (Doc. 113) are DENIED.
S/ Christopher C. Conner
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER
United States District Judge
Although the court possesses inherent power to reconsider its orders
“when it is consonant with justice to do so,” United States v. Jerry, 487 F.2d 600,
605 (3d Cir. 1973); Alea N. Am. Ins. Co. v. Salem Masonry Co. 301 F. App’x 119, 121
(3d Cir. 2008), the purpose of a motion for reconsideration is to present newly
discovered evidence or to correct manifest errors of law or fact. See Harsco Corp. v.
Zlotnicki, 779 F.2d 906, 909 (3d Cir. 1985). A party may not invoke a motion for
reconsideration as a means to relitigate matters of disagreement with the court.
See Abu-Jamal v. Horn, No. Civ. A. 99-5089, 2001 WL 1609761, at *9 (E.D. Pa. Dec.
18, 2001). Smith presents arrest and information forms with his motion (See Doc.
109), however, these documents, which have been in existence and obtainable since
before the inception of this litigation, do not qualify as newly discovered evidence.
Nor has Smith demonstrated that the March 17 order contains a manifest error of
law or fact. Smith’s second motion for reconsideration, just like his first motion for
reconsideration (Doc. 98), merely seeks to relitigate a “point of disagreement
between the Court and the litigant.” Abu-Jamal, 2001 WL 1609761, at *9; see also
Ogden v. Keystone Residence, 226 F. Supp. 2d 588, 606 (M.D. Pa. 2002).
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