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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-01417-LTB
CRAIG S. ROBLEDO-VALDEZ,
SUSAN PAMERLEAU, et al., and
COLO. PAROLE BOARD,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
Applicant, Craig S. Robledo-Valdez, has filed pro se a “Motion for
Reconsideration” (ECF No. 8) asking the Court to reconsider and vacate the Order of
Dismissal (ECF No. 6) and the Judgment (ECF No. 7) entered in this action on July 11,
2013. The Court must construe the motion liberally because Mr. Robledo-Valdez is not
represented by an attorney. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v.
Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). For the reasons discussed below, the
motion will be denied.
A litigant subject to an adverse judgment, and who seeks reconsideration by the
district court of that adverse judgment, may “file either a motion to alter or amend the
judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) or a motion seeking relief from the judgment
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).” Van Skiver v. United States, 952 F.2d 1241, 1243
(10th Cir. 1991). A motion to alter or amend the judgment must be filed within twenty-
eight days after the judgment is entered. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). The Court will
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consider the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Mr. Robledo-Valdez pursuant to Rule
59(e) because the motion was filed within twenty-eight days after the Judgment was
entered in this action. See Van Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243 (stating that motion to
reconsider filed within ten-day limit for filing a Rule 59(e) motion under prior version of
that rule should be construed as a Rule 59(e) motion).
A Rule 59(e) motion may be granted “to correct manifest errors of law or to
present newly discovered evidence.” Phelps v. Hamilton, 122 F.3d 1309, 1324 (10th Cir.
1997) (internal quotation marks omitted). Relief under Rule 59(e) also is appropriate
when “the court has misapprehended the facts, a party’s position, or the controlling law.”
Servants of the Paraclete v. Does, 204 F.3d 1005, 1012 (10th Cir. 2000). However, a
Rule 59(e) motion is not a new opportunity to revisit issues already addressed or to
advance arguments that could have been raised previously. See id.
Mr. Robledo-Valdez initiated this action by filing pro se a “Petition for Habeus
[sic] Corpus Pursuant to U.S.C. § 2241.” On June 4, 2013, Magistrate Judge Boyd N.
Boland entered an order directing Mr. Robledo-Valdez to cure certain deficiencies if he
wished to pursue his claims in this action. Specifically, Magistrate Judge Boland
ordered Mr. Robledo-Valdez to file on the proper form an Application for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 and either to pay the $5.00 filing fee or to
file a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915
along with a certificate from an appropriate jail official showing the balance in his inmate
account. Mr. Robledo-Valdez was warned that the action would be dismissed without
further notice if he failed to cure the deficiencies within thirty days. On June 14, 2013,
Mr. Robledo-Valdez filed on the proper forms a Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit for
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Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 in a Habeas Corpus Action (ECF No. 4)
and an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (ECF No.
5). However, he failed to cure all of he deficiencies because he failed to submit a
certificate from an appropriate jail official showing the balance in his inmate account as
directed. Therefore, on July 11, 2013, the Court entered an order dismissing this action
without prejudice for failure to cure all of the deficiencies.
Mr. Robledo-Valdez concedes in the Motion for Reconsideration that he did not
submit an account statement in support of the 28 U.S.C. § 1915 motion filed in this
action. However, he asks the Court to reconsider and vacate the order dismissing this
action because he submitted an account statement to the Court in a separate 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 action filed at about the same time and he assumed that account statement
would be sufficient to support his request to proceed in forma pauperis in this action.
Mr. Robledo-Valdez also has attached to the Motion for Reconsideration a copy of his
account statement dated July 18, 2013.
Upon consideration of the Motion for Reconsideration and the entire file, the
Court finds that Mr. Robledo-Valdez fails to demonstrate some reason why the Court
should reconsider and vacate the order to dismiss this action. Mr. Robledo-Valdez did
not submit an account statement in support of his in forma pauperis motion in this
action. Furthermore, even if it were appropriate to rely upon an account statement filed
in a separate action to support his request to proceed in forma pauperis in this action,
Mr. Robledo-Valdez never advised the Court that he intended to rely on an account
statement submitted in a separate action. Mr. Robledo-Valdez’s belated attempt to cure
the remaining deficiency in this action also does not convince the Court that the order
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dismissing this action should be vacated.
For these reasons, the Motion for Reconsideration will be denied. Mr. Robledo-
Valdez is reminded, however, that the Court dismissed the instant action without
prejudice. Therefore, if Mr. Robledo-Valdez wishes to pursue his claims, he may do so
by filing a new action. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the Motion for Reconsideration (ECF No. 8) is DENIED.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 26th day of July , 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court