KWASNIEWSKI v. PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL
RECOMMENDED DECISION FOR DISMISSAL re 1 Complaint filed by JESSE KWASNIEWSKI Objections to R&R due by 8/21/2017 By MAGISTRATE JUDGE JOHN C. NIVISON. (ccs)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MAINE
PENOBSCOT COUNTY JAIL,
RECOMMENDED DECISION FOR DISMISSAL
On June 19, 2017, Plaintiff filed a complaint and an application to proceed in forma
pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1, 3.) Because Plaintiff had not provided the required financial
information for the Court to rule on Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis, on
June 22, 2017, the Court ordered Plaintiff to pay the filing fee or provide an amended
application on or before July 5, 2017. (ECF No. 4.) Through the order, the Court informed
Plaintiff that the failure to comply with the order could result in the dismissal of the matter.
Because Plaintiff failed to comply with the order, on July 17, 2017, the Court issued
an order to show cause. (ECF No. 5.) In the show cause order, the Court established July 31,
2017, as the date by which Plaintiff was to show cause in writing as to why he failed to
comply with the Court’s order requiring that he pay the filing fee or submit an amended
application to proceed in forma pauperis on or before July 5, 2017. The Court again advised
Plaintiff that if he failed to show cause, his complaint could be dismissed. Plaintiff did not
respond to the show cause order, and has not otherwise communicated with the Court. As
explained below, based on Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s orders and otherwise
to prosecute his case, I recommend the Court dismiss the matter without prejudice.
“A district court, as part of its inherent power to manage its own docket, may dismiss
a case sua sponte for any of the reasons prescribed in Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).” CintronLorenzo v. Dep’t de Asumtos del Consumidor, 312 F.3d 522, 526 (1st Cir. 2002) (citing Link
v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629 – 31 (1962)). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b)
authorizes the Court to dismiss an action for a party’s failure to prosecute and failure to
comply with the Court’s orders. Here, Plaintiff has failed to comply (a) with the Court’s
order that required Plaintiff to either pay the filing fee or submit an amended application to
proceed in forma pauperis, and (b) with the Court’s order to show cause (ECF No. 5).
Plaintiff thus has not only failed to comply with two of the Court’s orders, but insofar as he
has neither paid the filing fee nor submitted an amended application to proceed in forma
pauperis, Plaintiff has also failed to prosecute his claim.
Given Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s orders, his failure otherwise to
prosecute the action, and his lack of communication with the Court following the filing of the
complaint and application to proceed in forma pauperis on June 19, 2017, dismissal is
warranted. Because the complaint has not been served on Defendant, dismissal without
prejudice is appropriate.
Based on the foregoing analysis, I recommend the Court dismiss Plaintiff’s complaint
A party may file objections to those specified portions of a magistrate
judge’s report or proposed findings or recommended decisions entered
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) for which de novo review by the district
court is sought, together with a supporting memorandum, within fourteen (14)
days of being served with a copy thereof. A responsive memorandum shall be
filed within fourteen (14) days after the filing of the objection.
Failure to file a timely objection shall constitute a waiver of the right to
de novo review by the district court and to appeal the district court’s order.
/s/ John C. Nivison
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Dated this 7th day of August, 2017.
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