GAYTAN v. MARBERRY et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION that the instant civil rights action be dismissed for plaintiff's failure to prosecute. Objections to R&R due by 7/13/2007. Signed by Judge Susan Paradise Baxter on 6/26/07. (lrw)
GAYTAN v. MARBERRY et al
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
JOSE JUAN GAYTAN Plaintiff vs. H.J. MARBERRY, et al. Defendants.
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C.A.No. 07-137Erie District Judge Cohill Magistrate Judge Baxter
MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION I RECOMMENDATION It is respectfully recommended that the instant civil rights action be dismissed for plaintiff's failure to prosecute.
REPORT Plaintiff, an inmate, filed this civil rights action on June 4, 2007. By Order of this Court dated June 7, 2007, Plaintiff was instructed to either pay the full
filing fee or file a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis before June 15, 2007. The Order warned that failure to comply would result in the dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute. See Document # 2. To date, Plaintiff has not complied with this Order. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has set out a six-factor balancing test to guide a court in determining whether dismissal of a case is appropriate. Poulis v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 747 F.2d 863 (3d Cir. 1984). The court must consider: 1) the extent of the party's personal responsibility; 2) the prejudice to the adversary caused by the failure to meet scheduling orders and respond to discovery; 3) a history of dilatoriness; 4) whether the conduct of the party or attorney was willful or in bad faith; 5) the effectiveness of sanctions other than dismissal, which entails an analysis of alternative sanctions; and 6) the meritoriousness of the claim or defense. Id. at 868. Not all of the six
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factors need to weigh in favor of dismissal before dismissal is warranted. Hicks v. Feeney, 850 F.2d 152 (3d Cir. 1988). Applying the Poulis factors to the present matter, this Court recommends the dismissal of this matter. Since the filing of this matter, Plaintiff has taken none of the necessary first steps to prosecute this case. Further, Plaintiff has ignored an order by this Court. Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and therefore bears all of the responsibility for any failure in the prosecution of his claims. Alternative sanctions, such as monetary penalties, are inappropriate with indigent parties. Although it is possible that Plaintiff's allegations could state a claim upon which relief could be ultimately be granted, the merits of the claim are impossible to determine from an illegible complaint at this early stage of the proceedings.
CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, it is respectfully recommended that this case be dismissed due
to Plaintiff's failure to prosecute. In accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and (C), and Local Rule 72.1.4B, the parties are allowed ten (10) days from the date of service to file written objections to this report. Failure to timely file objections may constitute a waiver of any appellate rights.
S/ Susan Paradise Baxter SUSAN PARADISE BAXTER Chief United States Magistrate Judge
Dated: June 26, 2007
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