Johnson v. Collin County et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 9 Report and Recommendations. ORDERED the complaint is DISMISSED without prejudice for want of prosecution and failure to obey an order. All motions by any party not previously ruled upon are DENIED. Signed by District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 11/14/2017. (daj, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
R WAYNE JOHNSON, #282756
COLLIN COUNTY, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:17cv369
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
The above-entitled and numbered civil action was referred to United States Magistrate Judge
Christine A. Nowak. The Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, which contains
proposed findings of fact and recommendations for the disposition of such action, has been presented
for consideration. Petitioner filed a response, which the Court construes as objections.
Having made a de novo review of the objections raised by Plaintiff to the Report, the Court
concludes that the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge are correct. In his objections,
Plaintiff appears to argue the Magistrate Judge lacked authority to issue the Report and
Recommendation. However, the Federal Magistrates Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A)-(B), permits
such delegation of authority by the district court. The fact that the Parties have not consented to
proceed before a magistrate judge does not affect the Court’s power to delegate to the Magistrate
Judge authority to resolve non-dispositive matters and to make recommendations regarding
dispositive matters. See Lineberry v. United States, 436 F. App’x 293, 295 (5th Cir. 2010) (per
curiam) (affirming dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claim that “magistrate judge lost all jurisdiction”
based upon plaintiff’s lack of consent). The Court has such power to delegate even without the
Parties’ consent because, for matters both dispositive and non-dispositive, “the ultimate
decision-making authority [is] retained by the district court.” Id. (quoting Jackson v. Cain, 864 F.2d
1235, 1242 (5th Cir. 1989)). The Court overrules Plaintiff’s objection regarding the Magistrate
Plaintiff also appears to argue he was not required to comply with the Court’s order (Dkt.
#4) to “either pay the $400 filing fee or submit a certified in forma pauperis data sheet reporting his
trust fund activities for the last six (6) months.” However, as the Report and Recommendation states,
“a district court may dismiss an action for failure to prosecute or to comply with any order of the
court.” McCullough v. Lynaugh, 835 F.2d 1126, 1127 (5th Cir. 1988); Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
Petitioner failed to comply with the orders of the Court. Therefore, the Court hereby adopts
the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge as the findings and conclusions of the Court.
It is accordingly
ORDERED the complaint is DISMISSED without prejudice for want of prosecution and
failure to obey an order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Rule 41, Local Rules for the Eastern District of Texas.
All motions by any party not previously ruled upon are DENIED.
SIGNED this 14th day of November, 2017.
AMOS L. MAZZANT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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