Adrian v. Peery et al

Filing 6

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, re 1 Complaint filed by Jeremiah J. Adrian, that claims be dismissed, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b), for failure to prosecute and to comply with court orders. Objections to R&R due by 9/23/2008. Signed by Magistrate Judge William A. Knox on 9/3/2008. (skb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI CENTRAL DIVISION JEREMIAH J. ADRIAN, Register No. 360344, Plaintiff, v. C. O. LUCAS PEERY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 08-4122-CV-C-SOW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION Plaintiff Jeremiah J. Adrian, an inmate confined in a Missouri penal institution, brought this case under the Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. 1983, and its corresponding jur isdictional statute, 28 U.S.C. 1343. 1 On May 30 and again on June 26, 2008, the Clerk of Court mailed to plaintiff forms for proceeding in forma pauperis. Plaintiff failed to complete and return such forms and on July 31, 2008, plaintiff was ordered to show cause why his claims should not be dismissed for his failure to prosecute. As stated in M.S. v. Wermers, 557 F.2d 170, 175 (8th Cir. 1977): A district court has power to dismiss an action for failure of the plaintiff to comply with "a court order." Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). Such action may be taken on the court' s own motion, Welsh v. Automatic Poultry Feeder Co., 439 F . 2d 95, 96 (8th Cir. 1971); see Stanley v. Continental Oil Co., 536 F.2d 914, 916-17 (10th Cir. 1976), and may be exercised under the court' s inherent power to control its docket, Pond v. Braniff Airways, Inc., 453 F.2d 347, 349 (5th Cir . 1972); see also Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629-33 (1962), and to protect the integrity of its orders, Fendler v. Westgate-California Corp., 527 F.2d 1168, 1170 (9th Cir. 1975). See generally 15 A.L.R. Fed. 407 (1973). This case was referred to the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge for pr ocessing in accord with the Magistrate Act, 28 U.S.C. 636, and L.R. 72.1. 1 A review of the record reveals plaintiff has not taken steps to advance his claims since May 30, 2008. Absent a reasonable explanation for the failure to prosecute, this case should be dismissed. IT IS, THEREFORE, RECOMMENDED that plaintiff's claims be dismissed, pursuant to the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b), for failure to prosecute and to comply with court or der s. Under 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(l), the parties may make specific written exceptions to this r ecommendation within twenty days. The District Judge will consider only exceptions to the specific proposed findings and recommendations of this report. Exceptions should not include matters outside of the report and recommendation. Other matters should be addressed in a separ ate pleading for consideration by the Magistrate Judge. The statute provides for exceptions to be filed within ten days of the service of the r epor t and recommendation. The court has extended that time to twenty days, and thus, additional time to file exceptions will not be granted unless there are exceptional cir cumstances. Failure to make specific written exceptions to this report and recommendation will result in a waiver of the right to appeal. See L.R. 74.1(a)(2). Dated this 3r d day of September, 2008, at Jefferson City, Missouri. / s/ William A. Knox WILLIAM A. KNOX United States Magistrate Judge 2

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