Lawson v. Director TDCJ - CID
Order Accepting Report and Recommendation re: 13 Report and Recommendation on Case re: 5 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus,, filed by Paul Eugene Lawson. Magistrate Judge Hal R Ray, Jr no longer assigned to case. (Ordered by Judge Reed C. O'Connor on 1/25/2017) (plp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
WICHITA FALLS DIVISION
PAUL EUGENE LAWSON,
LORIE DAVIS, Director,
Texas Department of Criminal Justice,
Correctional Institutions Division,
Civil No. 7:16-CV-138-O
ORDER ACCEPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
After making an independent review of the pleadings, files, and records in this case, of the
Report and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge and of Petitioner’s objections
thereto, I am of the opinion that the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and reasons for dismissal
set forth in the Magistrate Judge’s Recommendation are correct and they are hereby adopted and
incorporated by reference as the Findings of the Court.
This is a habeas action filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner challenges prison
disciplinary action taken against him at the James V. Allred Unit in Iowa Park, Texas. On
November 22, 2016, the United States Magistrate Judge entered a Notice of Deficiency and Order
directing Petitioner to either pay the $5.00 filing fee or file a motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis. See ECF No. 4. Petitioner was further ordered to resubmit his petition on the form
required for actions brought under § 2254. Id. Petitioner failed to comply with the order and the
Magistrate Judge has recommended dismissal for want of prosecution. See ECF No. 13. Although
Petitioner submitted objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Recommendation, he has failed to
comply with the Notice of Deficiency and Order.
Review of the petition reveals that, upon dismissal, Petitioner’s habeas claims will likely
be time-barred. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d) (a one-year statute of limitations applies to § 2254 habeas
For the foregoing reasons, this action is dismissed pursuant to Rule 41(b), Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure, for want of prosecution. This dismissal is without prejudice to Petitioner’s
right to reopen the case provided that, within thirty (30) days of the date of this order, he submits
a motion to reopen the case and cures the deficiencies as previously ordered.
SO ORDERED this 25th day of January, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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