Jenkins v. Bowersox, No. 4:2013cv01779 - Document 29 (E.D. Mo. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner's Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment Pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the Fed.R.Civ.Proc. [Doc. No. 20 ], is denied. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 3/23/17. (KJS)
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Jenkins v. Bowersox Doc. 29 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION DONTAY JENKINS, Petitioner, v. MICHAEL BOWERSOX, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 4:13CV1779 HEA OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Petitioner=s Motion for Reconsideration and/or in The Alternative Notice of Appeal to Rule 59(e) of the Fed.R.Civ.Proc. [Doc. No. 20]. For the reasons set forth below, the Motion is denied. On September 30, 2016, the Court entered its Opinion, Memorandum and Order denying Petitioner’s Motion to Vacate, Set Aside or Correct Sentence. Petitioner now seeks to have the Court reconsider the Order. ARule 59(e) permits a court to alter or amend a judgment, but it >may not be used to relitigate old matters, or to raise arguments or present evidence that could have been raised prior to the entry of judgment.= 11 C. Wright & A. Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure ' 2810.1, pp. 127-128 (2d ed.1995) (footnotes omitted).@ Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471, 128 S.Ct. 2605, 2617, n. 5 (2008). Rule 59(e) was adopted to clarify that Athe district court possesses the power to Dockets.Justia.com rectify its own mistakes in the period immediately following the entry of judgment.@ White v. New Hampshire Dep=t of Employment Sec., 455 U.S. 445, 450, 102 S.Ct. 1162, 71 L.Ed.2d 325 (1982) (internal quotations omitted). Moreover, ARule 59(e) motions serve the limited function of correcting manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.@ Innovative Home Health Care, Inc. v. P.T .-O.T. Assocs. of the Black Hills, 141 F.3d 1284, 1286 (8th Cir.1998),(internal punctuation and citations omitted). ASuch motions cannot be used to introduce new evidence, tender new legal theories, or raise arguments which could have been offered or raised prior to entry of judgment.@ United States v. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer Dist., 440 F.3d 930, 933 (8th Cir.2006) (quoting Innovative Home Health Care, 141 F.3d at 1286)). District courts Awill ordinarily deny a motion for reconsideration unless the party demonstrates a showing of manifest error in the prior ruling or demonstrates new facts or legal authority that the party could not have previously produced with reasonable diligence to the court.@ Elder BKeep v. Aksamit, 460 F.3d 979, 988 (8th Cir.2006); Monsanto Co. v. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., 2011 WL 322672 at *4 (E.D.Mo. Jan.31, 2011); Arnold v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 627 F.3d 716, 721 (8th Cir.2010). A motion to reconsider Acannot be used to raise arguments which could have been raised prior to the issuance of judgment.@ Hagerman v. Yukon Energy Corp., 839 F.2d 407, 414 (8th Cir.1988). District courts have Abroad discretion@ in determining whether to reconsider judgment. Hagerman, 839 F.2d at 413. In his Motion, Petitioner attempts to persuade the Court to grant relief from its findings which led to the conclusion that he was not entitled to relief. Petitioner has presented nothing new, nor has he pointed the Court to any mistake so severe as to establish manifest error. The Court articulated its reasoning in finding that Petitioner’s arguments did not entitle him to have his sentence vacated. Nothing has changed, nor should the judgment in this matter. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner=s Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment Pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the Fed.R.Civ.Proc. [Doc. No.20], is denied. Dated this 23rd day of March, 2017. _______________________________ HENRY EDWARD AUTREY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE