Easton v. Denham
ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice as of 11/20/14, pursuant to 6 Letter, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 11/24/14. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02703-GPG
DEBORAH DENHAM, Warden,
ORDER DISMISSING CASE
Applicant Edward Easton initiated this action by filing pro se an Application for a
Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. On October 2, 2014, Magistrate
Judge Boyd N. Boland entered an order directing Applicant to cure certain deficiencies
by either paying the $5 filing fee or in the alternative submitting a request to proceed
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Applicant then paid the filing fee.
On November 13, 2014, Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher entered an order
directing Applicant to show cause why this action should not be denied because
Applicant has an adequate and effective remedy pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in the
sentencing court. Applicant then submitted a Letter to the Court on November 20,
2014, and asked that the Court construe the Letter as a Motion to Withdraw this Case
Number. The Court will construe the Letter as follows.
The Court must construe the Letter liberally because Applicant is a pro se litigant.
See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106,
1110 (10th Cir. 1991). Rule 41(a)(1)(A) provides that “the [applicant] may dismiss an
action without a court order by filing: (i) a notice of dismissal before the opposing party
serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment . . . .” No answer on the
merits or motion for summary judgment has been filed by Respondents in this action.
Further, a voluntary dismissal under Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i) is effective immediately upon
the filing of a written notice of dismissal, and no subsequent court order is necessary.
See J. Moore, Moore’s Federal Practice ¶ 41.02(2) (2d ed. 1995); Hyde Constr. Co. v.
Koehring Co., 388 F.2d 501, 507 (10th Cir. 1968).
The Court, therefore, construes the Letter as a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal filed
pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i). The file will be closed as of November 20, 2014, the
date the Notice was filed with the Court. See Hyde Constr. Co., 388 F.2d at 507.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the Letter, ECF No. 6, is construed as a Notice of Voluntary
Dismissal filed pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i) and is effective as of November
20, 2014, the date Applicant filed the Notice in this action. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that the action is dismissed without prejudice.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 24th day of
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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