Stringer v. Powell et al
ORDER (1) Vacating 8 Order to Show Cause and (2) Dismissing Plaintiff's 1 Complaint Without Prejudice. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 17-cv-11072
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
ORDER (1) VACATING ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE (ECF #8)
AND (2) DISMISSING PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT (ECF #1)
Plaintiff Dwayne Stringer is a state prisoner currently confined at the Macomb
Correctional Facility in New Haven, Michigan. On March 30, 2017, Stringer filed
a pro se civil-rights Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (See ECF #1.) The
Complaint is handwritten, is in most part illegible, and the Court cannot discern any
viable claim that Stringer may intend to assert.
Instead of immediately dismissing Stringer’s Complaint, the Court entered an
Order to Show Cause on June 20, 2017. (See ECF #8.) In that Order, the Court
required Stringer to either (1) “show cause, in clear, legible handwriting … why his
Complaint should not be dismissed with prejudice for failing to state a claim upon
which relief can be granted” or (2) file an Amended Complaint. (Id. at Pg. ID 27.)
The Court further ordered Stringer to “file his response either in a typed format or
hand-written on every other line of paper while using both uppercase and lowercase
letters (i.e., not using all capital letters).” (Id. at n.1.)
In response to the Show Cause Order, Stringer has filed multiple documents
with the Court. (See ECF ## 10, 11, and 13.) The documents do not appear to shed
any light on the claim(s) Stringer may be attempting to assert in his Complaint.
Moreover, the documents are difficult to read and decipher and do not comply with
the requirements of the Show Cause Order. Accordingly, the Court will VACATE
the Show Cause Order (ECF #8) and DISMISS Stringer’s Complaint (ECF #1)
WITHOUT PREJUDICE. This dismissal shall not preclude Stringer from filing a
new, legible action that raises claims that may appropriately be addressed by this
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: August 23, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties
and/or counsel of record on August 23, 2017, by electronic means and/or ordinary
s/Holly A. Monda
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