Stewart v. United States of America

Filing 5

MINUTE ORDER directing clerk to terminate this habeas petition and close the case by U.S. District Judge John C Coughenour. (RS) cc petitioner

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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, 10 CASE NO. CR11-0120-JCC MINUTE ORDER v. 11 12 GLEN THOMAS STEWART, 13 Defendant. 14 15 The following Minute Order is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable John C. 16 Coughenour, United States District Judge: 17 This matter comes before the Court on Defendant Glen Stewart’s pro se motion for 18 clarification (Dkt. No. 1194) regarding his motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19 60(b)(6) (Dkt. No. 1193), which this Court treated as a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. 20 (See Stewart v. United States, C17-0916-JCC) (civil habeas action opened as a result of filing). 21 Mr. Stewart indicates that he did not intend for the motion to be treated as such and asks the 22 Court to clarify. (Dkt. No. 1194 at 1-2.) 23 In his motion treated as a § 2255 petition, Mr. Stewart asked the Court to vacate his 1 24 judgment based on constitutional errors at his trial, including a Brady violation and ineffective 25 26 1 Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). MINUTE ORDER, CR11-0120-JCC PAGE - 1 1 assistance of counsel. (Dkt. No. 1193 at 1-2.) Mr. Stewart relied on Federal Rule of Civil 2 Procedure 60(b)(6) in making this argument. (Id. at 1.) However, as the Court has already 3 informed Mr. Stewart, this rule pertains only to civil cases. (See Dkt. No. 1170 at 1) (denying 4 Mr. Stewart’s earlier motion for relief from judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil 5 Procedure 60(d)(3)). Mr. Stewart’s was a criminal case. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do 6 not apply to his case. As such, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60 can provide him no relief. 7 This inability to provide relief is one of the reasons the Court construed Mr. Stewart’s 8 motion as a habeas petition. In addition, the Court relied on the fact that Mr. Stewart had 9 expressed his intent to file a second successive habeas petition. (See Dkt. No. 1172.) And, the 10 types of arguments Mr. Stewart raised—for example, constitutional errors at his trial—are 11 properly made only on appeal or in a habeas petition, not at the district court level. Once Mr. 12 Stewart’s judgment was entered in November 2012, (Dkt. No. 901), this Court could no longer 13 provide Mr. Stewart the type of relief he seeks. 14 However, Mr. Stewart now indicates that he does not wish his motion to be construed as 15 a habeas petition and asks that the petition be withdrawn. (Dkt. No. 1194 at 2.) Because the 16 Court errantly construed the motion as such, the requested relief (Dkt. No. 1194) is GRANTED. 17 The Clerk is directed to TERMINATE Mr. Stewart’s habeas petition (Stewart v. United States, 18 C17-0916-JCC, Dkt. No. 1) and to CLOSE that civil proceeding. 19 The Court now turns back to Mr. Stewart’s Rule 60(b)(6) motion, as he wishes it to be 20 treated. As stated above, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60 does not allow the Court to provide 21 Mr. Stewart relief from judgment, so his motion (Dkt. No. 1193) is DENIED. The Court wants to 22 be very clear: while it is sympathetic to Mr. Stewart’s plight, this Court cannot vacate his 23 judgment and cannot provide him the relief he seeks. He must pursue his constitutional 24 arguments through a habeas petition, although he will be able to do so only if the Ninth Circuit 25 Court of Appeals grants him permission to file a second successive § 2255 petition. From the 26 docket, it appears that the Ninth Circuit has not yet reached a decision on that issue. (See Dkt. MINUTE ORDER, CR11-0120-JCC PAGE - 2 1 No. 1172) (motion for a second successive § 2255 petition); (Dkt. No. 1173) (order transferring 2 that motion to the Ninth Circuit). 3 The Clerk is DIRECTED to send a copy of this order and a printout of the case docket to 4 Mr. Stewart. The Clerk is further DIRECTED to post this order in Stewart v. United States, C175 0916-JCC, along with CLOSING that case. 6 DATED this 30th day of June 2017. 7 William M. McCool Clerk of Court 8 s/Paula McNabb Deputy Clerk 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 MINUTE ORDER, CR11-0120-JCC PAGE - 3

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