Mathis v. Fisher et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 22 Report and Recommendations. Plaintiff Charles Dennis Mathis's claims against Defendants are hereby dismissed without prejudice. A separate judgment will be entered in accordance with this Order as required by Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Signed by District Judge Halil S. Ozerden on 1/3/17 (PKS)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CHARLES DENNIS MATHIS
CIVIL NO. 1:15cv256-HSO-JCG
MARSHALL FISHER, AND
ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT
AND RECOMMENDATION  AND DISMISSING
PLAINTIFF’S CLAIMS WITHOUT PREJUDICE
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation 
of United States Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo, entered on December 16, 2016.
The Magistrate Judge recommended that pro se Plaintiff Charles Dennis Mathis’
Complaint  be dismissed for his failure to obey Orders    of the Court,
failure to respond to Show Cause Order  and explain why he failed to appear at
the Omnibus Hearing, and generally Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute. R. & R.  at
1-3. After due consideration of the Report and Recommendation , the record,
and relevant legal authority, the Court finds that the Report and Recommendation
should be adopted as the finding of this Court, and that Plaintiff’s claims in this
action should be dismissed without prejudice.
On August 6, 2015, Plaintiff Charles Dennis Mathis (“Plaintiff”) filed a
Complaint  against Defendants Commissioner Marshall Fisher and
Superintendent Jacquelyn Banks pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On August 24,
2015, Plaintiff filed his Authorization for Release of Institutional Account
Information . Plaintiff has not filed anything in this case since August 24, 2015.
Plaintiff has not updated his mailing address with the Court, even though
Plaintiff has been warned in Orders    issued by the Magistrate Judge that
failure to advise the Court of a change of address would be deemed as a purposeful
delay and contumacious act which could result in dismissal of this case. See Order
 at 2; Order  at 2; Order  at 2. Nor has Plaintiff responded to the Magistrate
Judge’s Show Cause Order  or otherwise explained why he failed to update his
address or appear at the Omnibus Hearing. See Show Cause Order  at 1.
On December 16, 2016, the Magistrate Judge entered a Report and
Recommendation , recommending that Plaintiff’s Complaint be dismissed for
Plaintiff’s failure to obey Orders of the Court and failure to prosecute. R. & R. 
at 1-3. A copy of the Report and Recommendation was mailed to Plaintiff at his
address of record via certified mail on December 16, 2016, and that mail  was
returned to the Clerk stamped “RETURN TO SENDER[,] REFUSED[,] UNABLE
TO FORWARD” on December 23, 2016. Plaintiff has not objected to the Report and
Recommendation, and the time for doing so has passed.
Where no party has objected to a magistrate judge’s proposed findings of fact
and recommendation, the Court need not conduct a de novo review of it. 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1) (“A judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions
of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection
is made.”). In such cases, the Court applies the “clearly erroneous, abuse of
discretion and contrary to law” standard of review. United States v. Wilson, 864
F.2d 1219, 1221 (5th Cir. 1989).
Having conducted the required review, the Court concludes that the
Magistrate Judge’s findings are not clearly erroneous, nor are they an abuse of
discretion or contrary to law. This Court has the authority to dismiss an action for
Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b), and
under its inherent authority to dismiss the action sua sponte. See Link v. Wabash
Railroad, 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962); McCullough v Lynaugh, 835 F.2d 1126, 1127
(5th Cir. 1988). The Court must be able to clear its calendars of cases that remain
dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief, so as to
achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases. Such a sanction is
necessary in order to prevent undue delays in the disposition of pending cases and
to avoid congestion in the calendars of the Court. See Link, 370 U.S. at 629-30.
Plaintiff did not comply with the Orders entered by the Magistrate Judge
even after being warned that failure to do so might result in the dismissal of his
lawsuit. Plaintiff has filed nothing in this case since August 24, 2015. Such
inaction represents a clear record of delay or contumacious conduct by Plaintiff. It
is apparent to the Court that Plaintiff no longer wishes to pursue his case.
Dismissal without prejudice is warranted.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, the Magistrate
Judge’s Report and Recommendation , entered in this case on December 16,
2016, is adopted as the finding of this Court.
IT IS, FURTHER, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, Plaintiff Charles
Dennis Mathis’s claims against Defendants are hereby DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE. A separate judgment will be entered in accordance with this Order,
as required by Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the 3rd day of January, 2017.
s/ Halil Suleyman Ozerden
HALIL SULEYMAN OZERDEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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