Shaw v. Rodebaugh et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER -...IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice. A separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to appoint counsel (Docket No. 4) is DENIED as moot. IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by District Judge Charles A. Shaw on 4/13/2017. (MRC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BRANDON Q. SHAW,
MARK RODEBAUGH, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon review of the file. Plaintiff, an inmate at the
Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, initiated this case on February 16, 2017, and filed a
motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. On February 22, 2017, the Court granted the
motion and conducted initial review, and noted numerous defects. For example, the complaint
named ten defendants (including judges, the governor of the State of Missouri, and the Circuit
Attorney for the City of St. Louis) and asserted numerous unrelated claims against them. The
claims concerned events that occurred over a decade, beginning during a criminal investigation
and ending during collateral review proceedings. In addition, the complaint contained little more
than conclusory statements, and failed to allege what each individual defendant did to violate
plaintiff’s rights. The Court gave plaintiff an opportunity to submit an amended complaint to
cure the defects, and also directed him to submit an initial partial filing fee of $14.41. The Court
cautioned plaintiff that his failure to timely respond would result in the dismissal of his case
without further notice. His response to the Court was due on March 15, 2017.
To date, plaintiff has neither filed an amended complaint nor sought additional time to do
so. Plaintiff was given meaningful notice of what was expected, and cautioned that his case
would be dismissed if he failed to timely comply. Therefore, this action will be dismissed
without prejudice due to plaintiff’s failure to prosecute his case and his failure to comply with
this Court’s February 22, 2017 order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); see also Dudley v. Miles, 597 F.
App’x 392 (8th Cir. 2015) (per curiam) (affirming dismissal without prejudice where pro se
plaintiff failed to file an amended complaint despite being cautioned that dismissal could result
from failure to do so); Fitzwater v. Ray, 352 F. App’x 125, 126 (8th Cir. 2009) (per curiam)
(district court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing action without prejudice when the pro se
plaintiffs failed to comply with an order “directing them to file within fourteen days an amended
complaint in conformity with Rule 8”); Brown v. Frey, 806 F.2d 801, 803-04 (8th Cir. 1986) (a
district court has the power to dismiss an action for the plaintiff’s failure to comply with any
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice.
separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel (Docket No. 4)
is DENIED as moot.
IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in
CHARLES A. SHAW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 13th day of April, 2017.
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