Clayton v. SC, State of
Order that the April 24, 2014, 14 Judgment and 12 Order dismissing this action without prejudice are hereby vacated. This action is remanded to the United States Magistrate Judge for further proceedings. Signed by Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 4/30/14. (kmca)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Robert Lee Clayton, Jr., #286814,
State of S.C.,
C/A No. 8:14-789-RBH
Plaintiff is an inmate in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This matter is before
the Court on Plaintiff’s April 28, 2014, motion for stay or extension of time [doc. 16], wherein he
requests a stay or additional time to bring this action into proper form. On March 25, 2014, this Court
entered an Order [doc. 7] directing Plaintiff to provide necessary information and paperwork within
twenty-one days. When Plaintiff did not respond to this Court’s Order, this Court dismissed the
action without prejudice by Order and Judgment entered April 24, 2014 [doc.12, 14]. Upon review
of Plaintiff’s motion for stay or extension of time, it appears that it was stamped as delivered to the
prison mail room on April 23, 2014, so it is deemed filed as of that date [doc. 16-1 at1]. See Houston
v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266, 270–72 (1988) (prisoner's pleading was filed at moment of delivery to prison
authorities for forwarding to District Court). Thus, at the time this Court entered the Order dismissing
this action on April 24, 2014, it was unaware of Plaintiff’s request for extension of time that had been
filed on April 23, 2014. This Court believes that it is in the interest of justice to reopen this action
so that it may consider Plaintiff’s motion for stay or extension of time. Accordingly, pursuant to Fed.
R. Civ. P. 59, this Court, on its own, will alter the judgment in this action by vacating it.
IT IS ORDERED that the April 24, 2014, Judgment and Order dismissing this action without
prejudice are hereby vacated. This action is remanded to the United States Magistrate Judge for further
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
April 30, 2014
Florence, South Carolina
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