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Logan v. Nickerenz

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

January 14, 2014

JAMES D. LOGAN, Petitioner,
v.
Warden NICKERENZ, Respondent.

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

JEANNE J. GRAHAM, Magistrate Judge.

Petitioner, a federal prisoner, commenced this action by filing an application for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. The matter has been referred to this Court for report and recommendation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Rule 72.1. For the reasons discussed below, it is recommended that this action be dismissed without prejudice.

On November 6, 2013, Petitioner filed a habeas corpus petition that presented claims pertaining to his incarceration by the federal Bureau of Prisons. It was readily apparent to the Court, however, that Petitioner was not actually challenging the fact or duration of his confinement, but rather, he was challenging only the conditions of his confinement. Because habeas corpus is not an appropriate remedy for a prisoner's "conditions of confinement" claims, the original petition was stricken (without prejudice) pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases In The United States District Courts. (See Order dated December 2, 2013; [Docket No. 2].)

Petitioner was granted leave to file an amended pleading, to be prepared and submitted as a non-habeas civil complaint. He was also directed to pay the filing fee for a non-habeas civil action, or else file an IFP application and pay the initial partial filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). The Court's prior order expressly advised Petitioner that if he did not file an amended pleading, and pay his filing fee, (or satisfy the requirements for proceeding IFP), by January 3, 2014, he would be deemed to have abandoned this action, and it would be recommended that the action be dismissed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b) for failure to prosecute.

The deadline for complying with the Court's prior order in this matter has now expired, and Petitioner has not filed a civil complaint, nor has he taken any action to resolve the filing fee requirement. Petitioner has not offered any excuse for his failure to comply with the prior order, and, in fact, he has not communicated with the Court at all since he commenced this action more than two months ago. Therefore, it is now recommended, in accordance with the Court's prior order, that Petitioner be deemed to have abandoned this action, and that the action be dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b). See Henderson v. Renaissance Grand Hotel, 267 Fed.Appx. 496, 497 (8th Cir. 2008) (unpublished opinion) ("A district court has discretion to dismiss an action under Rule 41(b) for a plaintiff's failure to prosecute, or to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or any court order."); Link v. Wabash Railroad Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962) (recognizing federal court's inherent authority to "manage [its] own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases").

RECOMMENDATION

Based upon the above, and upon all the records and proceedings herein,

IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that:

This action be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

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