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Teitgen v. Haws
February 1, 2010
JOSEPH ROBERT TEITGEN, PETITIONER,
BRIAN HAWS, RESPONDENT.
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding without counsel, seeks a writ of habeas corpus. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On October 13, 2009, respondent moved to dismiss this action on the ground that the petition contains unexhausted claims. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1). On December 15, 2009, the court informed petitioner that failure to file a written opposition or a statement of no opposition may be deemed a waiver of any opposition to the motion, gave petitioner 30 days to file an opposition or statement of non-opposition and warned him that failure to do so would result in recommendation that this action be dismissed. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
The 30 days have passed and petitioner has not filed an opposition or a statement of no opposition and has not otherwise responded to the December 15, 2009 order, although court records reflect that petitioner was properly served with notice of the motion and the December 15, 2009 order cautioning petitioner that he must respond to respondent's motion.
A party's failure "to file written opposition or to file a statement of no opposition may be deemed a waiver of any opposition to the granting of the motion and may result in the imposition of sanctions." L. R. 230(l). Failure to comply with any order or with the Local Rules "may be grounds for imposition by the Court of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or Rule or within the inherent power of the Court." L. R. 110. The court may dismiss this action with or without prejudice, as appropriate, if a party disobeys an order or the Local Rules. See Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1263 (9th Cir. 1992) (district court did not abuse discretion in dismissing pro se plaintiff's complaint for failing to obey an order to re-file an amended complaint to comply with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure); Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439, 1440-41 (9th Cir. 1988) (dismissal for pro se plaintiff's failure to comply with local rule regarding notice of change of address affirmed). Here, the appropriate sanction is dismissal without prejudice.
Accordingly, it is RECOMMENDED that this action be dismissed without prejudice. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Turner v. Duncan, 158 F.3d 449, 455 (9th Cir. 1998); Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).
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