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United States of America v. James O. Molen

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 5, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JAMES O. MOLEN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Defendants James O. Molen and Sandra L. Molen ("defendants")*fn1 have filed a document entitled "Notice To Court Of Record: Defendants Are Legal Fictions; Defendants Are Presented [sic] In Pro Per By Their Agent/Executors." (Dkt. No. 102.) The document: (1) seeks to give "notice" to the court that defendants are "legal fictions" represented by "their agents/executors" and are "debtors to their agent/executors as creditors," and (2) purports to give the court "30 days" to respond with "supporting arguments" on this issue. (Id.)*fn2 This filing is not a motion and does not seek any relief from the court.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Defendants' filing entitled "Notice To Court Of Record: Defendants Are Legal Fictions; Defendants Are Presented [sic] In Pro Per By Their Agent/Executors" (Dkt. No. 102) is disregarded.

2. Defendants shall not file any additional documents through which they purport to impose their own deadlines upon the court. Any such filings by defendants in the future will be summarily disregarded, and will further result in a recommendation that defendants be sanctioned for failure to follow the court's orders, the court's Local Rules, and/or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Eastern District Local Rule 110 provides that "[f]ailure of counsel or of a party to comply with these Rules or with any order of the Court 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." Moreover, Eastern District Local Rule 183(a) provides:

Any individual representing himself or herself without an attorney is bound by the Federal Rules of Civil or Criminal Procedure, these Rules, and all other applicable law. All obligations placed on "counsel" by these Rules apply to individuals appearing in propria persona. Failure to comply therewith may be ground for dismissal . . . or any other sanction appropriate under these Rules.

See also King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987) ("Pro se litigants must follow the same rules of procedure that govern other litigants."). Further, "[d]istrict courts have inherent power to control their dockets. In the exercise of that power they may impose sanctions including, where appropriate, default or dismissal." Thompson v. Housing Auth. of City of L.A., 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986) (per curiam); accord In re Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability, 460 F.3d 1217, 1227 (9th Cir. 2006) (quoting Thompson).

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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