IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
April 18, 2012
KENNETH MALIK MILLER,
R.M. LAWLER, SUPERINTENDENT, ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 18th day of April, 2012, upon consideration of the motion for reconsideration (Doc. 87) filed by plaintiff Kenneth Malik Miller ("Miller") on March 6, 2012, wherein Miller avers that he never received the report and recommendation ("R&R") of Magistrate Judge Mannion dated February 3, 2012 (Doc. 84), and therefore never had an opportunity to file objections to the R&R, and it appearing that on February 27, 2012, this court adopted the R&R, directed the entry of judgment in favor of defendants and closed the above-captioned case, (see Doc. 85), and it further appearing that judgment was entered (Doc. 86) on February 27, 2012, and the court construing the motion as one for relief from judgment, see FED. R. CIV. P. 60(b) (stating that "the court may relieve a party . . . from a final judgment, order, or proceeding for . . . mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect"), and the court finding Miller's contention that he never received the R&R to be credible given the short time between his receipt of the February 27, 2012 order adopting the R&R and the filing of the instant motion as well as Miller's active participation throughout the litigation,*fn1 and the court concluding that the circumstances warrant the relief requested, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration (Doc. 87) is CONSTRUED as a motion for relief from judgment.
2. The motion (Doc. 87) as construed is GRANTED.
3. The Court Order of February 27, 2012 (Doc. 85) is VACATED.
4. The Judgment of February 27, 2012 (Doc. 86) is VACATED.
5. The Clerk of Court is directed to REOPEN the above-captioned matter.
6. The Clerk of Court is directed to mail a copy of Document 84 and all attachments to the plaintiff.
7. Plaintiff shall file objections to the Report and Recommendation (Doc. 84) within twenty one (21) days of the date of this order.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge