STANLEY v. WARD et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL. Because Plaintiff has failed to respond to the Court's orders and has otherwise failed to prosecute this case, it is hereby ORDERED that this action be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Ordered by CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE MARC T TREADWELL on 11/15/2023. (kat)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
TIMOTHY C. WARD, et al.,
Plaintiff Alvin G. Stanley, a prisoner currently held in the Metro Reentry Facility in
Atlanta, Georgia, filed a handwritten document, which was docketed in this Court as a
complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Compl., ECF No. 1. Because Plaintiff did not file
his complaint on the required § 1983 form designed for use by prisoner litigants, he was
ordered to do so. Order, ECF No. 7. Plaintiff was also ordered to file a proper and
complete motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Id.
Plaintiff was given fourteen days to file his recast complaint and motion for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis, and he was cautioned that his failure to do so could result in
the dismissal of this action. Id. More than fourteen days passed, and Plaintiff did not
take these actions. Therefore, he was ordered to show cause to the Court why this case
should not be dismissed based on his failure to comply with the previous order. Order to
Show Cause, ECF No. 9. Plaintiff was again given fourteen days to respond and cautioned
that his failure to do so could result in the dismissal of this case. Id.
More than fourteen days passed following the entry of the show cause order, during
which Plaintiff did not respond to that order. Indeed, Plaintiff has not communicated with
this Court since June 2023. Moreover, although Plaintiff’s mail was not returned in this
case, mail sent to Plaintiff at the Dooly County Prison, where he was previously held, was
returned in another of Plaintiff’s cases, see Stanley v. Ward, Case No. 5:23-cv-00112MTT-MSH, and a search of the Georgia Department of Corrections Find an Offender
website showed that Plaintiff had been moved to the Metro Reentry Facility in Atlanta,
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/GDC/Offender/Query, Query “Stanley, Alvin” (showing most
recent institution as the Metro Reentry Facility) (last visited November 15, 2023).
It is Plaintiff’s duty to promptly notify the Court of any address change, and his
failure to communicate and keep the Court apprised of his current address constitutes a
failure to prosecute this case and may be grounds for dismissal. Nevertheless, out of an
abundance of caution, Plaintiff was given a final opportunity to respond to the Court’s
orders. Order, ECF No. 10. To that end, the Clerk was directed to update Plaintiff’s
address to the Metro Reentry Facility and forward a copy of the show cause order to
Plaintiff at that address. Id. Plaintiff was again ordered to file a response to the order to
show cause. Id. He was given fourteen days to do so and was cautioned that his failure
to comply would likely result in the dismissal of this case. Id.
More than fourteen days have now passed since the show cause order was entered,
and Plaintiff has not responded to that order. Therefore, because Plaintiff has failed to
respond to the Court’s orders and has otherwise failed to prosecute this case, it is hereby
ORDERED that this action be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. See Fed. R.
Civ. P. 41(b); Brown v. Tallahassee Police Dep’t, 205 F. App’x 802, 802 (11th Cir. 2006)
(per curiam) (“The court may dismiss an action sua sponte under Rule 41(b) for failure to
prosecute or failure to obey a court order.”) (citing Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) and Lopez v.
Aransas Cty. Indep. Sch. Dist., 570 F.2d 541, 544 (5th Cir. 1978)).
SO ORDERED, this 15th day of November, 2023.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL, CHIEF JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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