Gregory v. Clarke
MEMORANDUM OPINION. See Opinion for complete details. It is so ORDERED. Signed by District Judge Henry E. Hudson on 07/27/2017. Copy mailed to Petitioner.(ccol, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
RONNELL A. GREGORY,
JUL 2 8 2017
Civil Action No. 3:16CV830-HEH
(Denying Rule 59(e) Motion)
By Memorandum Opinion and Order entered on May 3, 2017, the Court dismissed
Ronnell A. Gregory's petition for a writ of mandamus for lack of jurisdiction. Gregory v.
Clarke, No. 3:16CV830-HEH, 2017 WL 1754763, at *3 (E.D. Va. May 3, 2017). On
May 24, 2017, the Court received from Gregory a motion seeking relief under Fed. R.
Civ. P. 59(e) ("Rule 59(e) Motion," ECF No. 23).
"[R]econsideration of a judgment after its entry is an extraordinary remedy which
should be used sparingly." Pac. Ins. Co. v. Am. Nat'/ Fire Ins. Co., 148 F.3d 396, 403
(4th Cir. I 998) (internal quotation marks omitted). The United States Court of Appeals
for the Fourth Circuit recognizes three grounds for relief under Rule 59(e): "(I) 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 manifest injustice."
Hutchinson 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. MarathonLeTourneau
Co., 130 F.R.D. 625, 626 (S.D. Miss. 1990)).
Gregory fails to demonstrate any basis for granting relief under Rule 59(e).
Rather, Gregory asserts that the Court "should grant leave freely to amend a complaint."
(Rule 59(e) Mot. 1 (citation omitted).) Gregory also argues that the Court should hold his
Petition for a Writ of Mandamus "to less strict standards than a complaint drafted by a
lawyer." (Id.) However, nothing in Gregory's Rule 59(e) Motion leads the Court to
reconsider its conclusion that it lacks jurisdiction over Gregory's Petition for a Writ of
Mandamus. Accordingly, Gregory's Rule 59(e) Motion (ECF No. 23) will be denied.
An appropriate Order will accompany this Memorandum Opinion.
HENRY E. HUDSON
UNITED STA TES DISTRICT JUDGE
Date: ~I'- 2.1 201'1
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