CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:20-CV-1042-WHA (WO)
RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Bobby Lee Henderson, a state inmate currently incarcerated at the Fountain Correctional Facility, recently filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action in which he challenges the denial of his release on parole. Doc. 1 at 3. Henderson, however, did not file an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis nor did he submit the requisite documentation from the inmate account clerk at Fountain showing his average monthly balance and average deposits to his inmate account over the last six months. The pleadings filed by Henderson therefore failed to provide the court with the information necessary for a determination of whether he should be allowed to proceed in forma pauperis without payment of a filing fee in this action. Doc. 4 at 1.
Based on the foregoing, the court required Henderson to "file an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis accompanied by a prison account statement from the inmate account clerk at Fountain showing the average monthly balance in his prison account for the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of this complaint and the average monthly deposits to his account during the same period of time." Doc. 4 at 1-2. The order also specifically "cautioned [Henderson] that if he fails to comply with [its] directives . . . the Magistrate Judge will recommend that this case be dismissed for such failure." Doc. 4 at 2. The time allowed Henderson to file a response to this order expired on January 11, 2021. Doc. 4 at 1.
As of the present date, Henderson has filed nothing in response to the above described order. Absent either pre-payment of the requisite fees or the granting of in forma pauperis status, this case cannot proceed before this court. The undersigned therefore concludes that this case is due to be dismissed without prejudice. See Moon v. Newsome, 863 F.2d 835, 837 (11th Cir. 1989) (holding that, generally, where a litigant has been forewarned, dismissal for failure to obey a court order is not an abuse of discretion). The authority of courts to impose sanctions for failure to prosecute or obey an order is longstanding and acknowledged by Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30 (1962). This authority empowers the courts "to manage their own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases." Link, 370 U.S. at 630-31; Mingo v. Sugar Cane Growers Co-Op of Fla., 864 F.2d 101, 102 (11th Cir. 1989) (holding that "[t]he district court possesses the inherent power to police its docket."). "The sanctions imposed [upon dilatory litigants] can range from a simple reprimand to an order dismissing the action with or without prejudice." Id.
For the above stated reasons, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that this case be DISMISSED without prejudice for Henderson's failure to file necessary financial information as ordered by this court.
On or before February 26, 2021, the parties may file objections to the Recommendation. A party must specifically identify the factual findings and legal conclusions in the Recommendation to which the objection is made. Frivolous, conclusive, or general objections to the Recommendation will not be considered.
Failure to file written objections to the proposed findings and legal conclusions set forth in the Recommendations of the Magistrate Judge shall bar a party from a de novo determination by the District Court of these factual findings and legal conclusions and shall "waive the right to challenge on appeal the District Court's order based on unobjected-to factual and legal conclusions" except upon grounds of plain error if necessary in the interests of justice. 11TH Cir. R. 3-1; see Resolution Trust Co. v. Hallmark Builders, Inc., 996 F.2d 1144, 1149 (11th Cir. 1993) ("When the magistrate provides such notice and a party still fails to object to the findings of fact and those findings are adopted by the district court the party may not challenge them on appeal in the absence of plain error or manifest injustice."); Henley v. Johnson, 885 F.2d 790, 794 (11th Cir. 1989).
DONE this 11th day of February, 2021.
/s/ Jerusha T. Adams
JERUSHA T. ADAMS
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE