Mitchell v. Dunn, et al. (INMATE 2)
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Honorable Judge Wallace Capel, Jr on 11/24/2015. (kh, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL, #265 551,
COMMISSIONER DUNN, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:15-CV-414-WC
Plaintiff, a prison inmate, filed this complaint on June 11, 2015. On August 26,
2015, the court directed Defendants to file an answer and written report addressing
Plaintiff's claims for relief. In compliance with the court’s order, Defendants submitted
an answer and written report on October 7, 2015, which contained relevant evidentiary
materials refuting the allegations in the complaint. Doc. Nos. 10, 11.
Upon review of
this report, the court issued an order directing Plaintiff to file a response to Defendants’
answer and written report. Doc. No. 13. The order advised Plaintiff that his failure to
respond to the report would be treated by the court “as an abandonment of the claims set
forth in the complaint and as a failure to prosecute this action.” Id. at 1. The order
“specifically cautioned [Plaintiff] that [his failure] to file a response in compliance with
the directives of this order” would result in the dismissal of this civil action. Id.
The time allotted Plaintiff for filing a response in compliance with the directives
of the court’s October 8, 2015, order expired on October 29, 2015. As of the present
date, Plaintiff has failed to file a response in opposition to Defendants’ written report.
The court, therefore, concludes this case should be dismissed.
The court has reviewed the file to determine whether a drastic measure less than
dismissal is appropriate. After such review, dismissal is the proper course of action.
Plaintiff is an indigent individual.
The imposition of monetary or other punitive
sanctions against him would be ineffectual. Plaintiff’s inaction in the face of Defendants’
report and evidentiary materials refuting the claims raised suggests he does not seek to
proceed with this case. It, therefore, appears that any additional effort by this court to
secure his compliance would be unavailing. Consequently, the court concludes that
Plaintiff’s abandonment of his claims, his failure to comply with the orders of this court,
and his failure to properly prosecute this cause of action warrant dismissal of this case.
Moon v. Newsome, 863 F.2d 835, 837 (11th Cir. 1989) (As a general rule, where a litigant
has been forewarned, dismissal for failure to obey a court order is not an abuse of
discretion.); see also Tanner v. Neal, 232 F. App’x 924 (11th Cir. 2007) (affirming sua
sponte dismissal without prejudice of inmate’s § 1983 action for failure to file an
amendment to complaint in compliance with court’s prior order directing amendment and
warning of consequences for failure to comply).
For the foregoing reasons, the undersigned concludes this case shall be dismissed
A separate judgment follows.
Done this 24th day of November, 2015.
/s/ Wallace Capel, Jr.
WALLACE CAPEL, JR.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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