Gulbronson v. Verderosa
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 10/12/2016 DISMISSING this case for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with court rules and orders; and the Clerk shall close this case. CASE CLOSED.(Yin, K)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ERIC CONRAD GULBRONSON,
KAMALA D. HARRIS,
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this petition for a writ of
habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner has consented to Magistrate Judge
jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c) and no other party has been served or appeared in the
On May 4, 2016, the court dismissed petitioner’s amended petition and directed
petitioner to file a second amended petition within 30 days. Petitioner was warned that failure to
file an amended petition may result in dismissal of this action for lack of prosecution and failure
to comply with court rules and orders. See Local Rule 110. Petitioner failed to comply, and on
August 2, 2016, the court issued an order for plaintiff to show cause why this action should not
be dismissed for failure to file his amended petition. To date, no response has been received.
The court must weigh five factors before imposing the harsh sanction of
dismissal. See Bautista v. Los Angeles County, 216 F.3d 837, 841 (9th Cir. 2000); Malone v.
U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987). Those factors are: (1) the public’s
interest in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its own docket; (3)
the risk of prejudice to opposing parties; (4) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on
their merits; and (5) the availability of less drastic sanctions. See id.; see also Ghazali v. Moran,
46 F.3d 52, 53 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam). A warning that the action may be dismissed as an
appropriate sanction is considered a less drastic alternative sufficient to satisfy the last factor.
See Malone, 833 F.2d at 132-33 & n.1. The sanction of dismissal for lack of prosecution is
appropriate where there has been unreasonable delay. See Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421,
1423 (9th Cir. 1986). Dismissal has also been held to be an appropriate sanction for failure to
comply with an order to file an amended complaint. See Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258,
1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992).
Having considered these factors, and in light of petitioner’s failure to file an
amended petition as directed, and failure to respond to the court’s order to show cause, the court
finds that dismissal of this action is appropriate.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
This case is dismissed for petitioner’s failure to prosecute and failure to
comply with court rules and orders; and
The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case.
DATED: October 12, 2016
CRAIG M. KELLISON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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