Harris v. Norwood et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on June 21, 2016. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
RAMON RESHAD HARRIS
Civil No. 1:16-cv-01016
DAVID NORWOOD, JAMES BOLTIN
And DOUG WOOD
Plaintiff Ramon Reshad Harris filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action pro se on January
25, 2016. ECF No. 2. Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s failure to respond to the
Court’s order directing Plaintiff to submit an amended complaint, and Plaintiff’s failure to
respond to the Court’s order to show cause. ECF No. 7, 9.
Plaintiff filed this action on January 25, 2016, in the Eastern District of Arkansas,
Western Division. ECF No. 2. On March 7, 2016, the case was transferred from the Eastern
District of Arkansas to the Western District of Arkansas, El Dorado Division. ECF No. 3. On
March 29, 2016 this Court granted Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis. ECF No.
6. In the Complaint, Plaintiff alleged that he requested “medical attention on several different
occasions from all of said named defendants. All of medical request were denied.” ECF No.
2. Plaintiff did not give any details concerning what medical requests were made, when the
requests took place, or what each Defendant did or failed to do in connection with Plaintiff’s
requests for medical attention.
On March 29, 2016, the Court entered an Order directing Plaintiff to submit an
amended complaint by April 19, 2016 and informed Plaintiff that failure to respond to the
Order may result in dismissal of the case. ECF No. 7. The Clerk of the Court mailed Plaintiff
a court-approved § 1983 form to use for filing the amended complaint. The form has not been
returned as undeliverable, and Plaintiff has not submitted an amended complaint in this
On May 18, 2016, this Court issued an Order directing Plaintiff to show cause why he
failed to submit an amended complaint. ECF No. 9. Plaintiff was given until June 1, 2016 to
respond. The Court again informed Plaintiff that failure to respond to the Order would
subject the case to dismissal. The Order has not been returned as undeliverable. To date,
Plaintiff has not responded to the show cause Order.
While pro se pleadings are to be construed liberally, a pro se litigant is not excused
from complying with substantive and procedural law. Burgs v. Sissel, 745 F.2d 526, 528 (8th
Cir. 1984). The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically contemplate dismissal of a case
on the grounds the plaintiff failed to prosecute or failed to comply with orders of the court.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630–31 (1962) (the district
court possesses the power to dismiss sua sponte under Rule 41(b)). Pursuant to Rule 41(b), a
district court has the power to dismiss an action based on “the plaintiff's failure to comply
with any court order” Brown v. Frey, 806 F.2d 801, 803–04 (8th Cir. 1986) (quoting Haley
v. Kansas City Star, 761 F.2d 489, 491 (8th Cir. 1985)) (emphasis added).
Plaintiff has failed to prosecute this case and has failed to comply with two of the
Court’s Orders. ECF No. 7, 9. As a result, the Court is unable to perform the required
prescreening function required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Accordingly, because
Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court’s Orders, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s
Complaint should be and hereby is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to Fed.
R. Civ. P. 41 (b).
IT IS SO ORDERED this 21st day of June, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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