Saxton v. Harrison et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. on 1/13/2013. Because Plaintiff failed to comply with two Orders of this Court, the Court concludes that he has abandoned any interest in prosecuting this action. Therefore, by separate Order, the Court will dismiss the instant action. cc: Defendants, Plaintiff (Pro Se) (TJD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
BOWLING GREEN DIVISION
MITCHELL RAY SAXTON
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:12CV-141-M
JUDGE MARTHA HARRISON et al.
By Order entered September 10, 2012, the Court ordered Plaintiff to complete a new
application to proceed without prepayment of fees, finding that Plaintiff’s application to proceed
without prepayment of fees lacked information needed for this Court to adequately determine
whether he meets the requirements for in forma pauperis status (DN 4). The Court warned that
Plaintiff’s failure to file the new application within 21 days would result in dismissal of the
action for failure to prosecute. Plaintiff did not file a new application but filed a motion for
appointment of a federal judge from Jefferson County who does not know Defendants (DN 5).
By Memorandum and Order entered November 7, 2012, the Court denied Plaintiff’s motion and
provided him with another opportunity to comply with the prior Order and file a new application
to proceed without prepayment of fees (DN 6). The Court again warned Plaintiff that his failure
to file the new application within 21 days of entry of the order would result in dismissal of the
action for failure to prosecute. More than 21 days have passed without any response by Plaintiff.
Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes the involuntary dismissal
of an action if a plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with an order of the court. See Jourdan
v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108, 109 (6th Cir. 1991) (“Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) recognizes the power of the
district court to enter a sua sponte order of dismissal.”). Additionally, courts have inherent
power “acting on their own initiative, to clear their calendars of cases that have remained
dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief.” Link v. Wabash
R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630 (1962). Although federal courts afford pro se litigants some
leniency on matters that require legal sophistication, such as formal pleading rules, the same
policy does not support leniency from court deadlines and other procedures readily understood
by laypersons, particularly where there is a pattern of delay or failure to pursue a case. See
Jourdan, 951 F.2d at 110.
Because Plaintiff failed to comply with two Orders of this Court, the Court concludes that
he has abandoned any interest in prosecuting this action.
Therefore, by separate Order, the Court will dismiss the instant action.
January 13, 2013
Plaintiff, pro se
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