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Cary v. Hickenlooper
United States District Court, D. Colorado
November 13, 2014
ARNOLD A. CARY, Plaintiff,
JOHN HICKENLOOPER, Governor, State of Colorado, RICK RAEMISCH, Executive Director, CDOC, JAMES FALK, Warden, SCF, MAURICE FAUVEL, D.O., Physician, SCF, KERI MCKAY, P.A., SCF, Physician Assistant, KELSEY PRUSHA, R.N., Registered Nurse, SCF, KEVIN VORWALD, Captain, SCF, [UNKNOWN FIRST NAME] PAGE, Lieutenant, SCF, [UNKNOWN FIRST NAME] MOON, Lieutenant, SCF, [UNKNOWN FIRST NAME] LUECK, Case Manager, SCF, and [UNKNOWN FIRST NAME] HERREA, Case Manager, SCF, Defendants.
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO RECONSIDER
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior District Judge.
Plaintiff, Arnold A. Cary, is a prisoner in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections at the correctional facility in Sterling, Colorado. He filed pro se on October 2, 2014, an "Objection and Motion for Reconsideration" (ECF No. 14) asking the Court to reconsider the order of September 9, 2014 (ECF No. 13), denying his motion titled "Emergency [Motion for] Temporary Restraining Order" (ECF No. 12). The Court must construe the objection and motion liberally because Mr. Cary 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 objection and motion will be denied.
A litigant subject to an adverse judgment 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). In this case, a final judgment has not been entered against Mr. Cary. Instead, on September 9, 2014, the Court issued an interlocutory order denying his motion for a temporary restraining order. See ECF No. 13.
A motion to reconsider 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 an opportunity to revisit issues already addressed or to advance arguments that could have been raised previously. See id.
In the September 9 order, the Court summarized the allegations in the motion for a temporary restraining order as follows:
Mr. Cary alleges that he has developed extreme abdominal pain, a nervous system disorder, muscle atrophy in his arms, and is discharging blood from his rectum. These allegations are related to the claims already asserted in Cary v. Tessier, No. 12-cv-2072-RM-KLM (D. Colo. filed Aug. 6, 2012), and summarized in the pending Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge of February 4, 2014, in No. 12-cv-02072-RM-KLM. In the order of June 26, 2014, for an amended Prisoner Complaint in the instant action, the Court specifically directed Mr. Cary not to reassert these allegations in the instant action. See ECF No. 6 at 3-6.
Therefore, these allegations will not be addressed further.
Also in the emergency motion, Mr. Cary asserts that he has developed a protruding bulge in his heel, is experiencing lower-extremity edema in his legs and ankles, is accumulating fluid in his abdominal cavity, and suffers from chronic diarrhea. The allegations of lower-extremity edema are asserted in the Prisoner Complaint Mr. Cary originally filed, see ECF No. 6 at 6, ECF No. 1 at 16, and reasserted in the amended Prisoner Complaint. See ECF No. 11 at 17. The allegations of lower-extremity edema in Plaintiff's legs and ankles also are asserted in the amended Prisoner Complaint. See ECF No. 11 at 17. So are allegations of the accumulation of fluid in Mr. Cary's abdomen, which he speculates "is secondary to liver disease which will develop into spontanous [sic] bacterial peritonitis." ECF No. 11 at 16-17.
Mr. Cary fails to assert in either the original Prisoner Complaint or in the amended Prisoner Complaint that he suffers from chronic diarrhea. No allegations concerning a protruding bulge in Mr. Cary's heel appear in the amended Prisoner Complaint. However, Mr. Cary does allege in the emergency motion that Dr. Fauvel, D.O., who is named as a Defendant, examined him on August 20, 2014, and "did not see any significant problems with the previously mentioned health issues." ECF No. 12 at 3 (referring to the health issues discussed above and listed in ECF No. 11 at 2-3, which are the basis for the emergency motion).
ECF No. 13 at 2-4.
The reasons the Court denied the motion for a temporary restraining order are discussed in detail in the September 9 order. In the October 2 motion to reconsider, Mr. Cary has not offered any basis for the Court to reconsider the September 9 order. Instead, Mr. Cary advances new arguments - other than his claim of lower-extremity edema - not previously raised in the motion for a temporary restraining order. Specifically, Mr. Cary alleges as follows:
The plaintiff's health is progressively deteriorated. The medical staff providers (defendants) at Sterling Correctional Facility have taken a defense approach to the contamination, and the effects it has had on the plaintiff's health by totally avoiding the issues. Plaintiff's bleeding is due to thrombocytopenial [sic] occurring in his skin, mucosal surface, and epistaxis. A recent MRI revealed a [sic] enlargement in the plaintiff's liver.
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