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Jesus M. v. Owner Or Owners of the : Lebanon County Correctional

September 27, 2012

JESUS M. TORRES, PLAINTIFF
v.
OWNER OR OWNERS OF THE : LEBANON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, ET. AL., DEFENDANTS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Malachy E. Mannion United States Magistrate Judge

(JONES, D.J.)

(MANNION, M.J.)

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION*fn1

On May 17, 2011, the plaintiff, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in which he alleges violations of his constitutional rights. (Doc. No. 1). On the same day, the plaintiff filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis, (Doc. No. 2), and the proper authorization form. (Doc. No. 3). On June 7, 2011, the plaintiff filed a memorandum of law in support of his complaint. (Doc. No. 7). On June 10, 2011, the plaintiff filed a change of address to SCI Houtzdale. (Doc. No. 8).

On July 18, 2011, this court issued an order allowing process to issue.

(Doc. No. 9).

On July 2, 2012, a Report and Recommendation was issued by the undersigned (Doc. No. 31) and on July 20, 2012, was adopted by the district judge. (Doc. No. 32). In that order, the district judge allowed the plaintiff twenty

(20) days in which to file an amended complaint. On August 24, 2012, the undersigned issued an order granting a second extension of time until September 14, 2012, to file an amended complaint. (Doc. No. 37). In that order the plaintiff was advised that "Should the plaintiff fail to file his amended complaint within the required time period, a recommendation will be made to dismiss this action." To date, the court has not received a filing from the plaintiff.

The plaintiff's failure to abide by the courts' order constitutes a failure to prosecute this action and therefore this action is subject to dismissal pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b), which states in pertinent part: "If the plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order, a defendant may move to dismiss the action or any claim against it."

The Third Circuit has long held that Rule 41(b) does not prohibit the sua sponte dismissal of actions against a defendant.

As was said in Link v. Wabash R.R., where the plaintiff argued that F.R.C.P. 41(b) by negative implication prohibits involuntary dismissal except on motion by the defendant, no restriction on the district court's power should be implied: "The authority of a court to dismiss sua sponte for lack of prosecution has generally been considered an 'inherent power,' governed not by rule or statute but by the control necessarily vested in courts to manage their own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases."

Kenney v. Cal. Tanker Co., 381 F.2d 775, 777 (3d Cir. 1967) (quoting Link v. Wabash R.R.. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962)).

In the instant action, the court can not properly control its docket, move this action forward and properly protect the rights of all parties if the plaintiff fails to comply with orders issued by this court. Moreover, such conduct should not be condoned in light of the large prisoner dockets presently pending before the federal courts, all of which require prompt and thorough review.

Finally, since the plaintiff has failed to file an amended complaint, and has made no additional contact with the court, it ...


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