Parrish v. Zook
MEMORANDUM OPINION. See Opinion for complete details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young on 07/31/2017. Copy mailed to Petitioner as directed.(ccol, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
u s. T' . . riiGf COURT
QUINTEN D. PARRISH,
Civil Action No.3:16CV817
DAVID W. ZOOK,
Quinten D. Parrish, a Virginia state prisoner proceeding pro se, brought this petition
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 ("§ 2254 Petition," ECF No. 1) challenging his convictions in the
Circuit Court for the City of Suffolk, Virginia ("Circuit Court"). By Memorandum Opinion and
Order entered on May 31, 2017, the Court dismissed the actions as barred by the relevant statute
of limitations. (ECF Nos. 19, 20.) On June 19, 2017, the Court received from Parrish a
"MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT" (hereinafter, "June 19 2017 Motion"). (ECF
No. 22.) On June 28, 2017, the Court received from Parrish a "MOTION FOR LEAVE TO
ADD/AMEND ADDITIONAL CLAIMS" (hereinafter, "June 28, 2017 Motion"). (ECF No.
26.) Because the motions were submitted within twenty-eight (28) days of the entry of the May
31, 2017 Memorandum Opinion and Order, they will be treated as motions for relief under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e), even though Parrish seeks to invoke Rule 60(b)(6). See
MLC Auto., LLC v. Town of S. Pines, 532 F.3d 269, 277-78 (4th Cir. 2008) (citing Dove v.
CODESCO, 569 F.2d 807, 809 (4th Cir. 1978)).
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has recognized three grounds
for relief under Rule 59(e): "(1) to accommodate an intervening change in controlling law; (2) to
account for new evidence not available at trial; or (3) to correct a clear error of law or prevent
Hutchimon v. Staton, 994 F.2d 1076, 1081 (4th Cir. 1993) (citing
Weyerhaeuser Corp. v. Koppers Co., 771 F. Supp. 1406, 1419 (D. Md. 1991); Atkins v.
Marathon LeTourneau Co., 130 F.R.D. 625, 626 (S.D. Miss. 1990)).
In his June 19, 2017 Motion, Parrish complains that, while the action was pending, he
was transferred to a different prison in the United States District Court forthe Western District of
Virginia. Parrish asserts that such a transfer violates Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure
23. While the Virginia Department of CoiTections may have violated Rule 23 in transferring
Parrish, that action is not relevant to whether the Court committed an error of law in dismissing
his § 2254 Petition as barred by the statute of limitations. See Hammer v. Meachum, 691 F.2d
958, 961 (10th Cir. 1982) (affirming dismissal of habeas petition, despite respondent's violation
of Rule 23).
In his June 28, 2017 Motion, Parrish asks the Court to reconsider its dismissal of his
§ 2254 Petition as ban*ed by the statute of limitations in light of the fact that he is not smart and
may have brain damage. Only in instances of "profound mental incapacity" will the Court apply
equitable tolling. United States v. Sosa, 364 F.3d 507, 513 (4th Cir. 2004) (citing Grant v.
McDonnell Douglas Corp., 163 F.3d 1136, 1138 (9th Cir. 1998)). Moreover, to prove
entitlement to equitable tolling, Parrish "'must make a threshold showing of incompetence and
must also demonstrate that the alleged incompetence affected [his] ability to file a timely habeas
petition.'" Robison v. Hinkle, 610 F. Supp. 2d 533, 539 (E.D. Va. 2009) (alteration in original)
(quoting McSwain v. Davis, 287 F. App'x 450, 456 (6th Cir. 2008)). Here, Parrish's limited
allegations regarding his mental health fail to demonstrate his incompetency. Id «fe n. 13 (citing
cases for the proposition that "a bare assertion that a petitioner suffers from some mental
impairment, 'without more, is insufficient to justify equitable tolling'" (quoting Lawrence v.
Florida, 421 F.3d 1221, 1227 (11th Cir. 2005))). Moreover, Parrish's submissions before this
Court and the state courts demonstrate that his purported mental condition did not prevent him
pursuing a federal habeas petition in a timely manner. See Smith v. Saffle, 28 F. App'x 759, 760
(10th Cir. 2001). As Parrish fails to demonstrate any basis for relief under Rule 59(e), his
Motions (ECF Nos. 22,26) will be DENIED. A certificate of appealability will be DENIED.
An appropriate Final Order shall issue.
Roderick C. Young
United States Magistrate Jud|e
Date: July^^/ ,2017
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