Bowers, Jr. v. U.S. Parole Commission, et al., No. 12-16560 (11th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Petitioner appealed the district court's denial of his motions for discovery and leave to amend his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, as well as the district court's determination that the U.S. Parole Commission did not violate the mandate handed down by the court in Bowers v. Keller. The court concluded that the district court's decision to deny leave to amend was informed largely by its overly narrow interpretation of the court's mandate. The district court also noted that the habeas petition was already "long and complicated." Neither explanation amounted to a "substantial reason" for denying a motion to amend. Accordingly, the court concluded that the district court abused its discretion in denying petitioner leave to amend. The court reversed and remanded on that ground, but affirmed on all other grounds.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on July 9, 2014.