Jane Doe v. The People of the United States of America
MEMORANDUM-DECISION AND ORDER: It is ORDERED that the petition is dismissed without prejudice. It is further ORDERED that the Clerk's Office is directed to maintain this Memorandum-Decision and Order along with the 7/2/2013 Order and the 10/21/2013 Order, to be delivered to petitioner should she return to the counter to retrieve information regarding her case. Signed by Senior Judge Norman A. Mordue on 12/18/2013. (nmk)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
United States of America,
Petitioner, pro se
Hon. Norman A. Mordue, Senior U.S. District Judge:
MEMORANDUM-DECISION AND ORDER
The background of this case is set forth in prior decisions herein (Dkt. Nos. 1, 3) and is not
repeated here. On October 21, 2013, this Court issued a Memorandum-Decision and Order (Dkt.
No. 3) holding that “the case must be dismissed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m) and 41(b) for failure to
serve respondent, for failure to comply with the July 2, 2013 order, and for failure to prosecute,
unless petitioner provides the Court with her address, serves the papers on respondent, and files an
affidavit of service, on or before November 22, 2013.” In bold, underlined font, the Court ordered
that, if petitioner wished to proceed with this matter, she must serve her papers on respondent
United States of America; file the affidavit of service with the Court; and furnish her address to the
Court and respondent.1 In bold, underlined, upper-case font, the Court added the following
The Court stated that it would will seal the address. The Court also noted: “Due to petitioner’s
strong desire for anonymity as expressed in her papers and in person at the Clerk’s Office, the Court has
warning: “Petitioner is hereby notified that the case will be dismissed without prejudice unless
petitioner complies with the preceding two ordering paragraphs on or before November 22, 2013.”
Finally, the Court directed the Clerk’s Office to maintain the October 21, 2013 MemorandumDecision and Order along with the July 2, 2013 Order, “to be delivered to petitioner should she
return to the counter to retrieve information regarding her case.”
Despite the passage of an additional 25 days after the November 22, 2013 deadline,
petitioner has not complied with the Court’s direction. An inquiry to the Clerk’s Office establishes
that she has not returned to the counter to retrieve information regarding her case. As explained in
the October 21, 2013 Memorandum-Decision and Order, after considering the relevant factors, the
Court finds no reasonable alternative to dismissal without prejudice. See generally United States
ex rel. Drake v. Norden Sys., Inc., 375 F.3d 248, 254 (2d Cir. 2004).
It is therefore
ORDERED that the petition is dismissed without prejudice; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk’s Office is directed to maintain this Memorandum-Decision and
Order along with the July 2, 2013 Order and the October 21, 2013 Order, to be delivered to
petitioner should she return to the counter to retrieve information regarding her case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 18, 2013
Syracuse, New York
decided to respect her wishes and forego any attempt to locate her through the internet or by other
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