Jones v. Martin et al

Filing 28

ORDER granting 23 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Prosecution; plaintiff failed to obey court orders and pursuant to FRPC 41(b) and Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) case dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on October 8, 2019. (cnn)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS EL DORADO DIVISION WILLIAM HAROLD JONES v. PLAINTIFF Civil No. 1:19-cv-01007 LIEUTENANT DARIEN MARTIN, El Dorado Police Department; JAMES ROBBIE SNOW, Patrol Officer, El Dorado Police Department; SERGEANT STEPHEN LOVE, Union County Detention Center; and SERGEANT ANTHONY PATRICK, Union County Detention Center DEFEENDANTS ORDER Currently before the Court is a Motion to Dismiss filed by Defendants, which is based on Plaintiff’s statements during his deposition that he desires to voluntarily dismiss this lawsuit in its entirety. (ECF No. 23). Plaintiff has not responded to the motion, and the time to do so has expired. Plaintiff William Harold Jones filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action pro se on March 1, 2019. (ECF No. 1). Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis was granted the same day. (ECF No. 3). On September 11, 2019, Defendants filed the instant Motion to Dismiss. (ECF No. 23). Attached to Defendants’ motion is the transcript of Plaintiff’s deposition taken on August 23, 2019, during which Plaintiff stated he wanted to dismiss this lawsuit against all Defendants. (ECF No. 23-1, p. 5). Even though Plaintiff testified during his deposition that he wanted to dismiss this lawsuit, the Court entered an order on September 11, 2019, directing Plaintiff to file a response to Defendants’ motion by October 3, 2019. (ECF No. 25). The September 11, 2019 order informed Plaintiff that failure to timely and properly comply with the order would result in this case being 1 dismissed. To date, Plaintiff has not complied with this Court’s order to file a response to the motion and the order has not been returned as undeliverable. Although 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). Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) states in pertinent part: It is the duty of any party not represented by counsel to promptly notify the Clerk and the other parties to the proceedings of any change in his or her address, to monitor the progress of the case, and to prosecute or defend the action diligently. . . . If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party proceeding pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Additionally, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically contemplate dismissal of a case on the grounds that 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) (stating 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) (emphasis added). Plaintiff has failed to obey an order of the Court. Therefore, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) and Local Rule 5.5(c)(2), the Court finds that this case should be dismissed. Accordingly, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 23) is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s Complaint (ECF No. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. IT IS SO ORDERED, this 7th day of October, 2019. /s/ Susan O. Hickey Susan O. Hickey Chief United States District Judge 2

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