Higgs v. Union County Criminal Justice Center et al

Filing 17

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 1 Complaint filed by Michael Ray Higgs; Objections to R&R due by 12/21/2009; complaint to be dismissed for failure to prosecute and keep the court informed of his current address. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on December 4, 2009. (cnn)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS EL DORADO DIVISION MICHAEL RAY HIGGS v. Civil No. 1:08-cv-01092 PLAINTIFF UNION COUNTY JUSTICE FACILITY; KEN JONES, Union County Sheriff; LT. JOHN WILLIAMS; and CHIEF JERRY THOMAS D EF E N D A N T S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE Plaintiff, Michael Ray Higgs (hereinafter Higgs), filed this action pursuant to the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 1983. He proceeds pro se and in forma pauperis. Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1) and (3)(2007), the Honorable Harry F. Barnes, United States District Judge, referred this case to the undersigned for the purpose of making a report and recommendation. At the time he filed this case, Higgs was incarcerated at the Union County Justice Facility in El Dorado, Arkansas. In April of 2009, Higgs was transferred to the Grimes Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction in Newport, Arkansas. On September 3, 2009, mail sent to Higgs at the Grimes Unit was returned to the Court with the notation that he had been paroled. Since September, Higgs has not provided the Court with his new address and neither the Court nor opposing counsel has not had a valid address for him. The Court attempted to obtain an address on Higgs by utilizing a database known as Arkansas JusticeXchange, www.justicexchange.com . However, Higgs is listed as having absconded parole. I therefore recommend that this case be dismissed based on Higgs' failure to prosecute this action and his failure to keep the Court informed of his current address. The parties have fourteen (14) days from receipt of the report and recommendation in w h ich to file written objections pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1). The failure to file timely objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact. The parties are reminded tha t objections must be both timely and specific to trigger de novo review by the district court. DATED this 4th day of December 2009. /s/ Barry A. Bryant HON. BARRY A. BRYANT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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