Dow v. Cothran

Filing 30

ORDER directing Petitioner to advise the court as to whether he wishes to continue with this case and to file a response to Respondent's 26 MOTION for Summary Judgment by March 10, 2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shiva V Hodges on 2/24/2017. (mwal)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Willie E. Dow, Petitioner, vs. Richard A. Cothran, Warden of Turbeville Correctional Institution, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) C/A No.: 1:16-2721-HMH-SVH ORDER Petitioner, proceeding in forma pauperis, brought this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Respondent filed a motion for summary judgment on January 11, 2017. [ECF No. 26]. As Petitioner is proceeding pro se, the court entered an order pursuant to Roseboro v. Garrison, 528 F.2d 309 (4th Cir. 1975), on January 11, 2017, advising him of the importance of a motion for summary judgment and of the need for him to file an adequate response by February 13, 2017. [ECF No. 28]. Petitioner was specifically advised that if he failed to respond adequately, Respondent’s motion may be granted, thereby ending this case. Notwithstanding the specific warning and instructions set forth in the court’s Roseboro order, Petitioner has failed to respond to the motion. As such, it appears to the court that he does not oppose the motion and wishes to abandon this action. Based on the foregoing, the undersigned orders Petitioner to advise the court as to whether he wishes to continue with this case and to file a response to Respondent’s motion for summary judgment by March 10, 2017. Petitioner is further advised that if he fails to respond, this action will be recommended for dismissal with prejudice for failure to prosecute. See Davis v. Williams, 588 F.2d 69, 70 (4th Cir. 1978); Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). IT IS SO ORDERED. February 24, 2017 Columbia, South Carolina Shiva V. Hodges United States Magistrate Judge 2

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