Jones v. Foster et al
ORDER declining to adopt 34 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS; Case Re-Referred to Honorable Barry A. Bryant. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on August 28, 2012. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
CASE NO. 10-CV-1006
SHERIFF DANNY FOSTER; and
CAPTAIN TRUMAN YOUNG
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed January 13, 2012 by the Honorable
Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (ECF No.
34). Judge Bryant recommends that the Defendant’s case be dismissed for failure to follow a Court
order and failure to prosecute this action. After reviewing the record de novo, the Court declines to
adopt the Report and Recommendation.
On November 7, 2011, mail sent to Plaintiff Damon Jones at ADC Grimes Unit was returned
as undeliverable. On November 16, 2011, the Honorable Barry Bryant issued a show cause order
(ECF No. 30) stating that this case would be dismissed if Plaintiff did not show cause why he had
not kept the Court informed of his current address. Plaintiff did not respond to the show cause order,
and on January 13, 2012, Judge Bryant issued a Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 34)
recommending that Plaintiff’s case be dismissed with prejudice because Plaintiff had not responded
to the show cause order and had not kept the Court informed of his current address. On June 26,
2012, this Court issued an Order (ECF No. 25) asking Defendant to re-send any objections he had
to the Report and Recommendation within fourteen (14) days. Rather than sending these objections,
Plaintiff sent a notice of change of address to the Court on July 18, 2012. (ECF No. 36). On July
19, 2012, this Court issued a Show Cause Order (EC No. 37) informing Plaintiff that he must file
specific objections to the Report and Recommendation and show good cause why he did not keep
the Court informed of his current address in 2011 and why he did not respond to Judge Bryant’s
November 2011 show cause order.
On August 8, 2012, Plaintiff filed his objections to the Report and Recommendation. (ECF
No. 38). Plaintiff states that he did not receive any Court Orders issued in November 2011 because
he was in transit with the United State Marshall Service. More specifically, Plaintiff states that in
September 2011 he was moved from Grimes Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction to
correctional facilities in Little Rock, Benton, and El Dorado, Arkansas. During the first part of
November, Plaintiff states that he was moved from El Dorado to a facility in Waldron, Arkansas
where he stayed until the beginning of December. On December 6, 2011, Plaintiff states that he was
moved to FCI Pollock, where he remained until his release in June or July 2012.
Plaintiff has shown sufficient cause for why he was not in receipt of the Court’s orders in
November 2011 and why he did not respond to these Court orders. For this reason, the Court
declines to adopt the Report and Recommendation. However, Plaintiff is advised that it is his
responsibility to keep the Court informed of his current address and that he must notify the Court as
soon as there is a change in his address. Any future failure to keep the Court informed will result
in the dismissal of this action. Furthermore, any failure to specifically follow the orders of the Court,
including the deadlines set forth in those orders, will result in the dismissal of this action.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 28th day of August, 2012.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Hon. Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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