Baltazar v. Lynch et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION AND ORDER dismissing this civil action without prejudice for failure to obey the Court's Orders and to prosecute. Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on 3/30/17. (copy mailed to plaintiff) (RRL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
JAVIER JESUS MEDINA BALTAZAR, #55138-198
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:16-cv-109-KS-MTP
ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH, et al.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This cause is before the Court, sua sponte, for consideration of dismissal. Petitioner, a
federal inmate of the Adams County Correctional Center, Washington, Mississippi, files this
pro se Petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. On December 7, 2016, the Court entered an Order
 directing Petitioner to file a completed application to proceed without prepaying fees or pay
the $5.00 filing fee. The Order directed Petitioner to comply with the requirements of the Order
on or before December 28, 2016. The Order warned Petitioner that failure to timely comply with
an Order of the Court or failure to keep the Court informed of his current address may lead to the
dismissal of his Petition.
When Petitioner failed to comply with that Order , the Court entered a Show Cause
Order  on January 11, 2017. The Show Cause Order directed Petitioner to respond on or
before February 2, 2017, stating the reason this civil action should not be dismissed for
Petitioner’s failure to comply with the previous Order of the Court. The Show Cause Order
further directed Petitioner to file a completed application to proceed without prepaying fees or
pay the filing fee. Even though Petitioner was warned that failure to advise the Court of a
change of address or failure to timely comply with the Order may result in the dismissal of his
Petition, Petitioner did not comply.
Because Petitioner is proceeding pro se, he was provided one final opportunity to comply
with the Court’s Orders prior to the summary dismissal of this case. On February 21, 2017, the
Court entered a second Show Cause Order  directing Petitioner to respond on or before March
8, 2017, stating why this case should not be dismissed for his failure to comply with the Court’s
previous Orders. The Show Cause Order also directed Petitioner to file a completed application
to proceed without prepaying fees or pay the $5.00 filing fee. The Show Cause Order  again
warned Petitioner that failure to timely comply or failure to keep the Court informed of his
current address would lead to the dismissal of his Complaint. Petitioner has not complied with
the Show Cause Order or otherwise contacted the Court about this case.
The Court has the authority to dismiss an action for Petitioner’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. Link, 370 U.S. at 630. 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. Id. at 630-31.
Petitioner did not comply with three Court Orders [3, 4, 5] even after being warned several
times that failure to do so would result in the dismissal of his case. Petitioner has not responded
to the Court’s Orders or otherwise contacted the Court since he filed this case on November 28,
2016. Such inaction presents a clear record of delay or contumacious conduct by Petitioner. It is
apparent that Petitioner no longer wishes to pursue this lawsuit. As the record demonstrates,
lesser sanctions than dismissal have not prompted “diligent prosecution,” but instead such efforts
have proven futile. See Tello v. Comm’r., 410 F.3d 743, 744 (5th Cir. 2005). The Court
concludes that dismissal of this action, for Petitioner’s failure to prosecute and failure to comply
with the Orders of the Court under Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, is proper.
Martinez v. Johnson, 104 F.3d 769, 772 (5th Cir. 1997). Dismissal without prejudice is
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, for the reasons stated above,
this civil action is dismissed without prejudice for failure to obey the Court’s Orders and to
prosecute. A separate final judgment will be entered pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
SO ORDERED, this the
day of March, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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