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James v. United States

United States District Court, W.D. Missouri, Western Division

March 9, 2015

CLEOPHUS D. JAMES, Movant,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent.

ORDER

NANETTE K. LAUGHREY, District Judge.

Movant Cleophus D. James for the second time requests relief from judgment under Fed. Rule Civ. P. 60(b). [Doc. 26.] The motion is denied.

James filed this case under 28 U.S.C. ยง 2255, requesting an order vacating, setting aside, or correcting his sentence. The Court dismissed the case, with prejudice [Doc. 8]; denied James' Rule 59(e) motion for reconsideration [Doc. 17]; and denied James' Rule 60(b) motion in which he reasserted arguments the Court had already rejected, [Doc. 24]. James now argues that Respondent United States of America failed to respond to his original Rule 60(b) motion and, as a result, the "material facts alleged by" James therein "are admitted by the United States and any contrary position or objection is...deemed waived." [Doc. 26, p. 1]. James also "resubmits" the facts and arguments stated by him therein. [ Id. ]

As the Court explained in denying James' original Rule 60(b) motion, the rule "authorizes relief in only the most exceptional cases." White v. Nat'l Football League, 756 F.3d 585, 596 (8th Cir. 2014) (quotation and citations omitted). James' case presents no exceptional circumstances. Further, the United States in fact did file suggestions in opposition to his motion [Doc. 23].

Accordingly, James' second Rule 60(b) motion [Doc. 26] is denied.


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