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United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
March 23, 2012, Decided; March 23, 2012, Filed
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-11-2367
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Supreme Court's recent holding in Skinner v. Switzer, U.S. , 131 S.Ct. 1289, 179 L.Ed.2d 233 (2011), seeking an order from this Court directing U.S. Marshals to seize evidence from his 1986 aggravated sexual assault convictions in cause numbers 439551 and 439552 and to submit such evidence to a federal laboratory for DNA testing. (Docket Entry No.1, page 4). On January 27, 2012, the Court dismissed the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) (2) (B). On February 8, 2012, plaintiff filed a "Motion to Alter and Amend Judgment and Relief from Judgment/Order," pursuant to Rules 59(e) and 60(b) (1), (4), and (5) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (Docket Entry No.12).
A Rule 59(e) motion to alter or amend "'calls into question the correctness of a judgment.'" Templet v. HydroChem Inc., 367 F.3d 473, 478 (5th Cir. 2004) (quoting In Re Transtexas Gas Corp., 303 F.3d 571, 581 (5th Cir. 2002)). Such a motion is "not the proper vehicle [*2] for rehashing evidence, legal theories, or arguments that could have been offered or raised before the entry of judgment." Id. at 479 (citing Simon v. United States, 891 F.2d 1154, 1159 (5th Cir. 1990)). Instead, "Rule 59(e) 'serve[s] the narrow purpose of allowing a party to correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.'" Id. (quoting Waltman v. Int'l Paper Co., 875 F.2d 468, 473 (5th Cir. 1989)). "Relief under Rule 59(e) is also appropriate when there has been an intervening change in the controlling law." Schiller v. Physicians Resource Grp., 342 F.3d 563, 567 (5th Cir. 2003). Altering, amending, or reconsidering a judgment is an extraordinary remedy that courts should use sparingly. Templet, 367 F.3d at 479 (citing Clancy v. Employers Health Ins. Co., 101 F.Supp.2d 463, 465 (E.D.La. June 26, 2000)).
A district court may also relieve a party from final judgment under Rule 60(b) on the basis of (1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence which by due diligence could not have been discovered in time to move for a new trial under Rule 59(b); (3) fraud, misrepresentation, or other misconduct of an adverse [*3] party; (4) the judgment is void; (5) the judgment has been satisfied, released, or discharged; or (6) any other reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment." Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).
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2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39909 *; 2012 WL 1015790
CHRISTOPHER J. EMERSON, TDCJ-CID NO.451863, Plaintiff, v. RICK THALER, Defendant.
Prior History: Emerson v. Thaler, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10204 (S.D. Tex., Jan. 27, 2012)
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