Mullins v. Union County Sheriff Dept. et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 24 ; motion to dismiss 23 GRANTED; claims DISMISSED with prejudice. Signed by District Judge Debra M. Brown on 7/12/17. (cr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
UNION COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.; et al.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This prisoner civil rights action is before the Court on the motion to dismiss filed by the
defendants, Doc. #23; and the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge
Jane M. Virden, which recommends that the motion to dismiss be granted, Doc. #24.
On or about December 28, 2015, Joshua Mullins, a prisoner at the Union County Jail,
filed a complaint in this Court against the Union County Sheriff’s Department; Jimmy Edwards,
the Sheriff; Johnny Bell, a jail administrator; and Michael Cortez, an assistant jail administrator.
Doc. #1. In his complaint, Mullins alleges that the individual defendants failed to provide him
adequate medical treatment for an eye condition. Id.
On March 31, 2016, Mullins informed the Court that he had been moved to the Tippah
Approximately a month later, on April 26, 2016, United States
Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden issued an order setting a Spears hearing which provided, in
relevant part, “plaintiff is warned that failure to keep the court informed of his current address
may result in the dismissal of this lawsuit.” Doc. #12 at 2.
On August 19, 2016, Judge Virden issued a scheduling order for this action. Doc. #20.
The same day, a copy of the order was sent to Mullins at the Tippah County Jail.
Approximately one week later, on August 29, 2016, the mail sent to Mullins was returned
as undeliverable. Doc. #22. The returned mail was accompanied by a letter from the Tippah
County Sheriff’s Office stating that “Mr. Mullins is an escaped convict at the moment ....” Doc.
On November 29, 2016, the defendants filed a motion seeking dismissal of this action on
the grounds that Mullins’ escape from prison amounts to a failure to prosecute his claims and
failure to follow case deadlines. Doc. #23.
On May 8, 2017, Judge Virden issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that
the defendants’ motion to dismiss be granted.
A copy of the Report and
Recommendation was mailed to Mullins at his Tippah County Jail address.
No party has filed objections to the Report and Recommendation.
Where objections to a report and recommendation have been filed, a court must conduct a
“de novo review of those portions of the ... report and recommendation to which the Defendants
specifically raised objections. With respect to those portions of the report and recommendation to
which no objections were raised, the Court need only satisfy itself that there is no plain error on
the face of the record.” Gauthier v. Union Pac. R.R. Co., 644 F.Supp.2d 824, 828 (E.D. Tex.
2009) (citing Douglass v. United Serv. Auto. Ass’n, 79 F.3d 1415, 1428–29 (5th Cir. 1996)).
The Court has reviewed the Report and Recommendation and found no plain error.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED:
The Report and Recommendation  is ADOPTED as the order of the Court;
The defendants’ motion to dismiss  is GRANTED; and
Mullins’ claims against the defendants are DISMISSED with prejudice pursuant
to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with a
A final judgment consistent with this order will issue separately.
SO ORDERED, this 12th day of July, 2017.
/s/Debra M. Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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