Peeples v. Haley
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION recommending that this action be dismissed w/o prejudice due to Pet's continued failure to comply w/the Court's orders & to prosecute this action by paying the required filing fee. Objections to R&R due by 8/25/2009. Signed by Magistrate Judge Katherine P. Nelson on 8/5/09. (copy mailed to Pet on 8/5/09) (tot)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION MARIO ANDJUAN PEEPLES, Petitioner, v. MIKE HALEY, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
CIVIL ACTION NO. 09-00186-CG-N
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION Plaintiff, Mario Andjuan Peeples, is an inmate at the Mobile County Jail who, proceeding pro se, has filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner first filed a handwritten petition seeking habeas corpus relief together with a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on April 3, 2009 (Docs. 1, 2). On April 23, 2009, Petitioner was ordered (Doc. 3) to complete and file both his habeas petition under § 2254 and his motion to proceed in forma pauperis on the Court's current forms and was given until May 22, 2009 to do so. In lieu of refiling his motion to proceed in forma pauperis, petition was allowed to pay a $5.00 filing fee. On May 1, 2009, Petitioner filed his petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 4) on the Court's current form. Simultaneously, Petitioner filed a motion to proceed without prepayment of Fees (Doc. 5) but did not include the required copy of the institutional record of his inmate account reflecting transactions in his account for the three-month period immediately preceding the filing of his petition on April 3, 2009. Consequently, Petitioner's motion to proceed without prepayment of Fees (Doc. 5) was denied without prejudice on May 13, 2009 (Doc. 6). Petitioner was, however, granted leave to re-file his motion to proceed without prepayment of fees by June 12, 2009. Petitioner was advised again the this motion must include the statutorily required copy
of the institutional record of his inmate account and must reflect transactions in Petitioner's account for the three-month period immediately preceding the filing of his petition. In lieu of filing a new motion, Petitioner was again permitted to merely pay the $5.00 filing fee by the June 12th deadline. On July 2, 2009, Petitioner was, for a third time, granted leave to re-file his motion to proceed without prepayment of fees by July 30, 2009 (Doc. 10). Petitioner was advised again the this motion must include the statutorily required copy of the institutional record of his inmate account and must reflect transactions in Petitioner's account for the three-month period immediately preceding the filing of his petition. In lieu of filing a new motion, Petitioner was again permitted to merely pay the $5.00 filing fee by the July 30th deadline. Petitioner was cautioned in each of these three Orders (Docs. 3, 6, 10) that failure to timely comply with that respective Order would "result in the dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute and to comply with the Court's order." Petitioner has to date failed to comply with the Court's Orders by either paying the $5.00 required filing fee or by re-filing his motion to proceed without prepayment of fees to which must include the statutorily required copy of the institutional record of his inmate account and must reflect transactions in Petitioner's account for the three-month period immediately preceding the filing of his petition. Due to Petitioner's continued failure to comply with the Court's orders and to prosecute this action by paying the required filing fee, the undersigned recommends that, through the Court's inherent powers, this action be dismissed without prejudice. Link v. Wabash R.R. , 370 U.S. 626, 630-31, 82 S.Ct. 1386, 1389 (1962)("The authority of a court to dismiss sua sponte for lack of prosecution has generally been considered an `inherent power' governed not by rule or
statute but by the control necessarily vested in courts to manage their own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases."); Zocarus v. Castro, 465 F.3d 479, 483 (11th Cir. 2006)(recognizing a district court's inherent power to enforce orders and provide for the efficient disposition of litigation); Wilson v. Sargent, 313 F.3d 1315, 1331-32 & n. 7 (11th Cir. 2002)(holding that a prisoner's failure to pay the partial filing fee under § 1915 is a basis for dismissal); see generally Betty K. Agencies, Ltd. v. M/V Monada, 432 F.3d 1333, 1337-38 (11th Cir. 2005)(discussing dismissals pursuant to the court's inherent power and dismissals based on Rule 14(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and concluding that only a dismissal with prejudice requires findings of contumacious conduct and that lesser sanctions will not suffice). In the present action, if plaintiff disputes the finding of failure to pay the required filing fee and wants to proceed with litigation of his action, he shall set forth in an objection to the report and recommendation the reason for his failure to pay. Wilson, 414 F.3d at 1320 (citing to Hatchet v. Nettles, 201 F.3d 651, 654 (5th Cir. 2000)(finding that an objection to a recommendation is an acceptable means to ascertain the steps taken by a prisoner to comply with the order to pay a partial filing fee). The instructions that follow the undersigned's signature contain important information regarding objections to the report and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. Done this 5th day of August, 2009. /s/ Katherine P. Nelson KATHERINE P. NELSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S EXPLANATION OF PROCEDURAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION AND FINDINGS CONCERNING NEED FOR TRANSCRIPT 1. Objection. Any party who objects to this recommendation or anything in it must, within ten days of the date of service of this document, file specific written objections with the clerk of court. Failure to do so will bar a de novo determination by the district judge of anything in the recommendation and will bar an attack, on appeal, of the factual findings of the magistrate judge. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)©; Lewis v. Smith, 855 F.2d 736, 738 (11th Cir. 1988); Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. Unit B, 1982)(en banc). The procedure for challenging the findings and recommendations of the magistrate judge is set out in more detail in SD ALA LR 72.4 (June 1, 1997), which provides that: 2. A party may object to a recommendation entered by a magistrate judge in a dispositive matter, that is, a matter excepted by 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), by filing a "Statement of Objection to Magistrate Judge's Recommendation" within ten days after being served with a copy of the recommendation, unless a different time is established by order. The statement of objection shall specify those portions of the recommendation to which objection is made and the basis for the objection. The objecting party shall submit to the district judge, at the time of filing the objection, a brief setting forth the party's arguments that the magistrate judge's recommendation should be reviewed de novo and a different disposition made. It is insufficient to submit only a copy of the original brief submitted to the magistrate judge, although a copy of the original brief may be submitted or referred to and incorporated into the brief in support of the objection. Failure to submit a brief in support of the objection may be deemed an abandonment of the objection. A magistrate judge's recommendation cannot be appealed to a Court of Appeals; only the district judge's order or judgment can be appealed. 3. Transcript (applicable where proceedings tape recorded). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 and Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b), the magistrate judge finds that the tapes and original records in this action are adequate for purposes of review. Any party planning to object to this recommendation, but unable to pay the fee for a transcript, is advised that a judicial determination that transcription is necessary is required before the United States will pay the cost of the transcript. Done this 5th day of August, 2009. /s/ Katherine P. Nelson UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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