Shoemake v. Trousdale County et al
MEMORANDUM and ORDER DISMISSING CASE: [T]the Court gave Plaintiff 30 days to file an Amended Complaint on a form provided by the Clerk of Court, and explicitly warned him that if he did not do so, or if he failed to promptly notify the Court of an y change in his address, this action may be dismissed for failure to prosecute and for failure to comply with the Courts Order. Accordingly, this action is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to prosecute and to comply with the Court's Orders. Signed by District Judge William L. Campbell, Jr on 4/27/2021. (xc:Pro se party by regular mail.) (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(mg) Modified on 4/27/2021 (mg).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
ERICK B. SHOEMAKE,
TROUSDALE COUNTY, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
While in custody at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center in Hartsville, Tennessee,
Plaintiff Erick B. Shoemake filed a pro se Complaint for alleged violation of civil rights pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Doc. No. 1) and an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP)
(Doc. No. 5). By Order entered March 22, 2021, the Court granted Plaintiff’s IFP application, but
found that it could not proceed with the initial screening required by the Prison Litigation Reform
Act due to defects in Plaintiff’s pleading. (Doc. No. 6.) Accordingly, the Court gave Plaintiff 30
days to file an Amended Complaint on a form provided by the Clerk of Court, and explicitly
warned him that if he did not do so, or if he failed to promptly notify the Court of any change in
his address, this action may be dismissed for failure to prosecute and for failure to comply with
the Court’s Order. (Id. at 3.)
Plaintiff did not comply with this filing requirement, and his filing deadline has now
passed. Moreover, Plaintiff’s service copy of the Court’s Order could not be delivered and was
returned to the Court on April 13, 2021 with the notation “unable to forward.” (Doc. No. 7.) It is
thus apparent that Plaintiff failed to keep the Court apprised of his current address, and otherwise
failed to take the necessary steps to prosecute his Section 1983 Complaint.
Dismissal of this action is appropriate in view of Plaintiff’s fault in failing to comply with
the Court’s Orders despite having been warned that such failure could lead to dismissal, Choate v.
Emerton, No. 2:16-cv-00037, 2018 WL 3656505, at *2 (M.D. Tenn. Aug. 2, 2018), report and
recommendation adopted, 2018 WL 4076955 (M.D. Tenn. Aug. 27, 2018), and pursuant to the
Court’s “well settled . . . authority to dismiss sua sponte a lawsuit for failure to prosecute.”
Carpenter v. City of Flint, 723 F.3d 700, 704 (6th Cir. 2013). In view of Plaintiff’s pro se status,
as well as the preference for disposing of cases on their merits, the Court finds dismissal without
prejudice to be the appropriate disposition here. See Mulbah v. Detroit Bd. of Educ., 261 F.3d 586,
591 (6th Cir. 2011).
Accordingly, this action is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to
prosecute and to comply with the Court’s Orders.
It is so ORDERED.
WILLIAM L. CAMPBELL, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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