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United States v. Grundy

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

January 28, 2015



Denise Page Hood, United States District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on Defendant Michael Grundy’s Motion for Reconsideration filed December 22, 2014. Grundy seeks reconsideration of the Court’s second Order Denying Motion to Appeal In Forma Pauperis. (Doc. No. 100, 12/18/2014)

The Local Rules of the Eastern District of Michigan provide that any motion for reconsideration must be filed within 14 days after entry of the judgment or order. E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(1). No response to the motion and no oral argument thereon shall be allowed unless the Court orders otherwise. E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(2). Plaintiffs’ motion is timely filed. The Local Rule further states:

(3) Grounds. Generally, and without restricting the court’s discretion, the court will not grant motions for rehearing or reconsideration that merely present the same issues ruled upon by the court, either expressly or by reasonable implication. The movant must not only demonstrate a palpable defect by which the court and the parties and other persons entitled to be heard on the motion have been misled but also show that correcting the defect will result in a different disposition of the case.

E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3). A motion for reconsideration is not a vehicle to re-hash old arguments, or to proffer new arguments or evidence that the movant could have brought up earlier. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe v. Engler, 146 F.3d 367, 374 (6th Cir. 1998)(motions under Fed.R.Civ.P. 59(e) “are aimed at re consideration, not initial consideration”)(citing FDIC v. World Universal Inc., 978 F.2d 10, 16 (1st Cir.1992)).

Grundy’s Motion for Reconsideration raises an argument, issue or evidence which was not raised before the Court in his previous motions. Grundy now claims he is not required to submit financial information on his spouse since he is no longer married, having been divorced by his wife. The motion does not submit any evidence of the divorce. It is noted that all throughout the proceedings before this Court, including the lengthy restitution hearings and the sentencing hearing, the evidence and testimony submitted to the Court indicated Grundy was married.

It is noted that in the related ancillary forfeiture proceeding, Case No. 14-mc-50812, Petitioner Joni Marja Thrower-Grundy asserts Grundy is her husband. (Case No. 14-mc-50812, Petition, Doc. No. 1, ¶ 1) The Court entered a Stipulated Order Resolving Miscellaneous Proceeding and Amending Preliminary Order of Forfeiture in Criminal Case No. 12-20153, with the understanding that Joni Thrower-Grundy and Michael Grundy were still married. Nothing in that proceeding was submitted to the Court informing the Court that they were no longer married or that divorce proceedings were pending.

Grundy is raising an issue, argument or evidence which was not previously brought before the Court. The Court denies, for the third time, Grundy’s request to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis. As set forth by the rules, Grundy may request to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


IT IS ORDERED that Defendant Michael Demetrus Grundy’s Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. No. 101) is DENIED.

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