MANSON v. ALLEN et al
ORDER dismissing 1 Complaint without prejudice; denying 5 Motion for Preliminary Injunction; denying 5 Motion for TRO. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE HUGH LAWSON on 12/15/2015. (aks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
Warden MARTY C. ALLEN, et al,
Plaintiff Brannon Manson, a prisoner confined at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta,
Georgia, filed a pro se civil rights complaint in this Court seeking relief under 42 U.S.C. §
After a review of his submissions, the undersigned ordered Plaintiff to both
supplement his Complaint and provide the documentation necessary to establish his
indigency. See Order, August 20, 2015 (ECF No. 4). Plaintiff was allowed twenty-one
days to comply with the Court’s Order and was warned that a failure to comply may result
in dismissal of his Complaint. Id. Plaintiff thereafter filed a Motion for Preliminary
Injunction, but failed to respond to the Magistrate Judge’s order to supplement. The
Magistrate Judge thus ordered Plaintiff to respond and show cause why his lawsuit should
not be dismissed for failure to comply with an order of the Court. See Order, Oct. 15,
2015 (ECF No. 6). Plaintiff was again given twenty-one days to respond and advised that
failure to do so would result in the immediate dismissal of his Complaint. Id.
The time for filing a response to the show cause order has now passed, see id., and
Plaintiff has again failed to respond or otherwise comply with an order of the Court.
Because of this failure, Plaintiff’s Complaint shall now be DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Brown v. Tallahasse Police Dep't, 205 F. App'x
802, 802 (11th Cir. 2006) (“The court may dismiss an action sua sponte under Rule 41(b)
for failure to prosecute or failure to obey a court order.”) (citing Lopez v. Aransas Cnty
Indep. Sch. Dist., 570 F.2d 541, 544 (5th Cir.1978)).
To the extent that the Court is obligated to rule on Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary
Injunction (ECF No. 5), that Motion is DENIED. Plaintiff’s Motion essentially asks the
Court to order Defendants to release him from administrative segregation. This type of
relief must be sought in a habeas action and cannot be granted under § 1983. See
generally Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 481 (1994). See also Hartley v. Ellis, 2012
WL 4378013, at * 1 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 25, 2012) (quoting Krist v. Ricketts, 504 F.2d 887,
887–88 (5th Cir. 1974)).
Also, at this stage, Plaintiff has failed to show either a
“substantial likelihood of success on the merits” or that he will suffer an irreparable injury
in the absence of an injunction – as is required for a preliminary injunction to issue. See
McDonald's Corp. v. Robertson, 147 F.3d 1301, 1306 (11th Cir. 1998); Church v. City of
Huntsville, 30 F.3d 1332, 1337 (11th Cir. 1994).
SO ORDERED, this 15th day of December, 2015.
s/ Hugh Lawson
HUGH LAWSON, SENIOR JUDGE
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