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Woods v. Wilson

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

June 10, 2015

Oneal Woods, Petitioner,
v.
Denese Wilson, Respondent.

Oneal Woods, pro se.

Ana Voss and D. Gerald Wilhelm, Assistant United States Attorneys, United States Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, MN.

ORDER

ANN D. MONTGOMERY, District Judge.

This matter is before the undersigned United States District Court Judge on Petitioner Oneal Woods's ("Woods") Motion to Reconsider [Docket No. 17] denial of his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 2241 [Docket No. 1]. In the present motion to reconsider, Woods again raises arguments related to the fact that the Court in Woods I never ruled on an "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Motion" filed on April 5, 1996. See United States v. Woods, 2:95-CR-00187-JPS-1 (E.D. Wis. Indictment filed Nov. 7, 1995). Specifically, Woods now maintains that because his 1996 motion was never ruled on, he was denied "conflictfree representation" in a critical stage of the proceedings and therefore is entitled to a new trial.[1]

The Local Rules for the District of Minnesota state that a motion to reconsider can only be filed after obtaining the Court's permission and only "upon a showing of compelling circumstances." L.R. 7.1(j). The current motion will therefore be construed as a request to file a motion for reconsideration. When evaluating such requests, the Court maintains broad discretion. Hagerman v. Yukon Energy Corp., 839 F.2d 407, 413 (8th Cir. 1988). "Motions for reconsideration serve a limited function: to correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.... Nor should a motion for reconsideration serve as the occasion to tender new legal theories for the first time." Id. at 414 (quoting Rothwell Cotton Co. v. Rosenthal & Co., 827 F.2d 246, 251 (7th Cir. 1987)). The Court has carefully reviewed its previous Order and Woods's current request and concludes that Woods has failed to demonstrate compelling circumstances that justify reconsideration.

Based on the foregoing, and all the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner's request [Docket No. 17] is DENIED.


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