Stewart v. Allen et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION by Judge David J. Hale on 9/14/2016: All claims stated in the complaint have been dismissed, and Plaintiff failed to comply with the Court's Order directing him to file an amended complaint within the time allotted. Accordingly, this matter must be dismissed. The Court will enter a separate Order of dismissal cc: counsel, Plaintiff (pro se), Defendant Head Nurse R.N. Christy (JBM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-P71-DJH
JAILER DANNY ALLEN et al.,
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Plaintiff Michael Stewart filed the instant pro se 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action proceeding in
forma pauperis. He sued Jailer Danny Allen and Head Nurse R.N. Christy in their official
capacities only. In a May 31, 2016, Memorandum Opinion and Order (DN 6) and a July 25,
2016, Memorandum and Order (DN 7), the Court found that the Plaintiff’s claims as stated in the
complaint must be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. However, the Court ordered
Plaintiff to amend his complaint to name Defendants in their individual capacities and/or to seek
different relief, i.e., compensatory damages and/or injunctive relief, within 30 days. In the
July 25, 2016, Memorandum and Order, the Court warned Plaintiff that should he fail to file an
amended complaint within 30 days, the Court would enter an Order dismissing the action for the
reasons stated therein. More than 30 days have passed, and Plaintiff did not file an amendment
or take any other action in this case.
Upon filing the instant action, Plaintiff assumed the responsibility to actively litigate his
claims. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) permits the Court to dismiss the action “[i]f the
plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order.” 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 v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108, 110 (6th Cir. 1991). “[T]he lenient
treatment of pro se litigants has limits. Where, for example, a pro se litigant fails to comply with
an easily understood court-imposed deadline, there is no basis for treating that party more
generously than a represented litigant.” Pilgrim v. Littlefield, 92 F.3d 413, 416 (6th Cir. 1996)
(citing Jourdan, 951 F.2d at 110). Moreover, courts have an 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).
All claims stated in the complaint have been dismissed, and Plaintiff failed to comply
with the Court’s Order directing him to file an amended complaint within the time allotted.
Accordingly, this matter must be dismissed. The Court will enter a separate Order of dismissal.
September 14, 2016
David J. Hale, Judge
United States District Court
Plaintiff, pro se
Counsel of record
Defendant Head Nurse R.N. Christy
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