Dixson v. USA
ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice, and denying leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 11/4/14. No certificate of appealability will issue. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02234-BNB
UNITED STATES of AMERICA,
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Petitioner, Larry Dixson, is detained at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at
Pueblo, Colorado (CMHIP). Mr. Dixson initiated this action by filing a document titled,
“Writ of Attachment,” in which he appears to challenge the legality of his pre-trial
detention and complains about actions taken by his court-appointed public defender in
his state criminal proceeding. Petitioner requests that the Court order his release from
detention. Because Mr. Dixson challenges the legality of his pre-trial contention, the
Court opened this action under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. See Yellowbear v. Wyo. Att'y Gen.,
525 F.3d 921, 924 (10th Cir. 2008); Walck v. Edmondson, 472 F.3d 1227, 1235 (10th
On August 12, 2104, Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland reviewed Mr. Dixson’s
filing and determined that it was deficient. Magistrate Judge Boland directed Petitioner
to file an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, that
named a proper respondent, and a Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 in a Habeas Corpus Action, on the court-approved forms,
within thirty days. (ECF No. 3). Magistrate Judge Boland advised Mr. Dixson that he
could pay the $5.00 filing fee in lieu of submitting a § 1915 motion and affidavit. (Id.).
Plaintiff was warned in the August 12 Order that failure to cure the deficiencies would
result in dismissal of this action without further notice. (Id.).
On August 25, 2014, the Petitioner filed a “Motion to Proceed In Leave In Forma
Pauperis” (ECF No. 5). The Motion was not submitted on the court- approved form. On
September 2, 2014, Magistrate Judge Boland entered a minute order directing the Clerk
of the Court is directed to send to Petitioner copies of the court-approved forms. (ECF
No. 6). Magistrate Judge Boland ordered Mr. Dixson to comply with the August 12
Order within thirty (30) days. (Id.). The copy of the September 2 Order was returned to
the Court as undeliverable. (ECF No. 8).
On September 24, 2014, Mr. Dixson filed a Letter (ECF No. 9) notifying the Court
of his change of address from the Mesa County Detention Facility to the CMHIP. In a
September 25, 2014 minute order, Magistrate Judge Boland directed the clerk of the
court to send to Petitioner, at his new address, copies of the court-approved forms for
filing a Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915 and an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.
(ECF No. 10). Magistrate Judge Boland instructed Petitioner to use the forms to comply
with the August 12, 2014 Order Directing Petitioner to Cure Deficiencies, within thirty
days. (Id.). Magistrate Judge Boland further warned Mr. Dixson that failure to comply
with the September 25 minute order and the August 12 Order may result in dismissal of
this action without further notice. (Id.). Copies of the court-approved forms were mailed
to Petition on September 25, 2014 (see ECF No. 11), and have not been returned by
the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.
Mr. Dixson has now failed to comply with the August 12 Order and the
September 25 minute order. Moreover, he has not communicated with the Court since
September 24, 2014. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to Rule
41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the failure of Petitioner, Larry K.
Dixson, to comply with the August 12, 2014 Order Directing Petitioner to Cure
Deficiencies and the September 25, 2014 minute order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that no certificate of appealability will issue because
jurists of reason would not debate the correctness of this procedural ruling and Mr.
Dixson has not made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal is
denied for the purpose of appeal. The Court certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this order would not be taken in good faith. See
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438 (1962). If Mr. Dixson files a notice of appeal
he must also pay the full $505 appellate filing fee or file a motion to proceed in forma
pauperis in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit within thirty days in
accordance with Fed. R. App. P. 24. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that all pending motions are DENIED as moot.
DATED November 4, 2014, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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