Gardner v. Sullivan County Jail et al

Filing 7

MEMORANDUM AND OPINION as set forth in following order. Signed by Chief District Judge Thomas A Varlan on 2/16/17. (c/m)(ABF)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE DANIAL K. GARDNER, Plaintiff, v. SULLIVAN COUNTY JAIL and SHERIFF ANDERSON, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No.: 3:16-CV-680-TAV-HBG MEMORANDUM OPINION This prisoner’s pro se civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is before the Court upon the postal return of the Court’s correspondence mailed to Plaintiff at the address he listed as his current address in his complaint [Doc. 6]. The correspondence was returned to the Court by the postal authorities more than fourteen days ago, with the face of the envelope marked, “Return to Sender, No Longer at this Facility” [Id. at 3]. Based on this, it appears that Plaintiff has failed to provide the Court with notice of his correct address and, without his correct and current address, neither the Court nor Defendants can communicate with him regarding his case. In fact, Local Rule 83.13 not only requires pro se litigants, such as Plaintiff, to file a written notice with the Clerk, but also requires written notice to be given to all parties, within fourteen days of any change of address. E.D. Tenn. L.R. 83.13. Accordingly, this action will be DISMISSED, sua sponte, for want of prosecution. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630–31 (1962) (recognizing court’s authority to dismiss a case sua sponte for lack of prosecution); White v. City of Grand Rapids, 34 F.App’x 210, 211(6th Cir. 2002) (finding that a pro se prisoner’s complaint “was subject to dismissal for want of prosecution because he failed to keep the district court apprised of his current address”); Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108 (6th Cir. 1991). The Clerk of Court will be DIRECTED to CLOSE this case. AN APPROPRIATE ORDER WILL ENTER. s/ Thomas A. Varlan CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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