The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mary L. Cooper United States District Judge
THIS IS an action brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (Dkt. entry no. 1, Petition.) On March 11, 2010, the Court (1) dismissed the petition, and (2) explicitly declined to issue a certificate of appealability ("March Order"). (Dkt. entry no. 3, 3-11-10 Order; dkt. entry no. 2, 3-11-10 Op.) In papers dated both October 26, 2010, and October 28, 2010, and received by the Clerk's Office on December 1, 2010, the petitioner files a "request for certificate of appealability" ("Request"). (Dkt. entry no. 4, Letter Br. at 1; dkt. entry no. 4, Certified Stmt.) The plaintiff is: requesting to file this . . . out of time. It is late due to: 1) Not receiving my property back from the prison until 5-11-10 in complete disarray and confusion;
2) No ink pen or paper until 5-28-10 and/or 6-3-10 and
3) I was hospitalized 3-7-10 through 3-20-10 and again on 4-8-10 through 4-23-10 . . . and hospitalized again from 7-7-10 - 8-9-10. (Letter Br. at 1.)
IF THE REQUEST is indeed a request for a certificiate of appealability, then it is denied as moot. The Court has already declined to issue one. (See 3-11-10 Order.)
IF THE REQUEST is actually a motion for reconsideration, then it is denied. There is a well-settled standard for deciding a motion for reconsideration. See Beety-Monticelli v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec., 343 Fed.Appx. 743, 747 (3d Cir. 2009); Max's Seafood Cafe v. Quinteros, 176 F.3d 669, 677-78 (3d Cir. 1999). The Court has carefully reviewed the petitioner's arguments. The petitioner (1) has not established that facts or controlling legal authority were overlooked by the Court, (2) is merely asserting her disagreement with the March Order, and (3) in any event, has sought this relief in a significantly untimely fashion, as the Local Civil Rules provide 14 days from entry of the March Order to so move. See L.Civ.R. 7.1(i).
IT APPEARS that the petitioner, at this juncture, was required to request a certificate of appealability directly from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1); Fed.R.App.P. 22(b)(1) (stating that if district court denies certificate of appealability, then petitioner may request same of circuit court); Mickens-Thomas v. Vaughn, 355 F.3d 294, 303 (3d Cir. 2004); Coady v. Vaughn, 251 F.3d 480, 486-87 (3d Cir. 2001).
PERHAPS THE REQUEST can be viewed as a request for leave to seek an untimely certificate of appealability from the Court of Appeals, and perhaps the Court should apply Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a) and 28 U.S.C. § 2107(c). See Weaver v. Larkins, No. 97-61, 1999 WL 79054, at *2 n.1 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 8, 1999) (suggesting same). The Request must still be denied.
A NOTICE OF APPEAL "must be filed with the district clerk within 30 days after the judgment or order appealed from is entered". Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(1)(A). When "an inmate confined in an institution" is involved, then the date of filing is construed to be the date the notice of appeal "is deposited in the institution's internal mail system". Fed.R.App.P. 4(c)(1). Using the deadlines provided in this appellate rule, the petitioner had until April 12, 2010, to deposit the Request in the mail system.*fn1 The petitioner did not do so.
The district court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal if:
(i) a party so moves no later than 30 days after the time prescribed by this Rule 4(a) expires; and
(ii) regardless of whether its motion is filed before or during the 30 days after the time prescribed by this Rule 4(a) expires, that party ...