Monk v. Anderson et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION as set forth in following order. Signed by District Judge R Leon Jordan on 2/13/18. (c/m to Jason Monk)(ABF)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
JASON C. MONK,
F/N/U ANDERSON, et al.,
MEMORANDUM and ORDER
This pro se prisoner’s civil rights action, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, is before the Court on Plaintiff’s
failure to meet the deadline for responding to the Court’s order of May 17, 2017 [Doc. 3]. The
order directed Plaintiff to complete service packets for Defendants and to return them to the Clerk’s
Office within twenty days [Id.]. The order also warned Plaintiff that his failure to comply with the
order or notify the Court within fourteen days of an address change would jeopardize his
prosecution of the action and result in the dismissal of his case for want of prosecution [Id.].
The order was sent to Plaintiff at the address he listed in his complaint [Doc. 3]; it was
returned to the Court by the U.S. Postal authorities, marked, “Return to Sender, Released, and
Unable to Forward” [Doc. 6]. The order was remailed to Plaintiff’s new address each time he
notified the Court of an address change. Significantly, the order sent to the address listed as
Plaintiff’s current address in his last notice of a change of address on June 5, 2017 [Doc. 7,
remarks] has not been returned to the Court. The order was properly mailed and the Court
presumes it was received. See Sanchez v. Holder, 627 F.3d 226, 232 (6th Cir. 2010) (observing
that a presumption of receipt arises with proper mailing). More than nine months have passed
since that order was remailed, and Plaintiff has not returned the completed service packets to the
Clerk’s Office or otherwise responded to the order.
Accordingly, this action will be DISMISSED for Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute and
comply with the Court’s orders. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Link v. Wabash R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 63031 (1962) (recognizing a court’s authority to dismiss a case sua sponte for lack of prosecution);
Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108 (6th Cir. 1991). In view of the reason for this dismissal, the Court
CERTIFIES that any appeal from the judgment of dismissal would not be taken in good faith.
See Fed. R. App. P. 24. Accordingly, should Plaintiff file a notice of appeal, he also must pay the
full appellate filing fee of five-hundred, five dollars ($505.00) or submit a motion for leave to
appeal in forma pauperis and any required supporting documentation.
Finally, the Clerk is DIRECTED to close the file.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Leon Jordan
United States District Judge
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