UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 15, 2012
ANGEL L. VEGA, JR.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles F. Eick United States Magistrate Judge
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
This Report and Recommendation is submitted to the Honorable Valerie Baker Fairbank, United States District Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 636 and General Order 05-07 of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Petitioner filed a "Petition for Writ of Habeas" on January 5, 2012. Respondent filed a Motion to Dismiss on March 5, 2012.
The Magistrate Judge ordered that Petitioner file opposition to the motion within thirty days of March 5, 2012. The Magistrate Judge cautioned: "Failure to file timely opposition to the motion may result in denial and dismissal of the Petition." Although the Magistrate Judge subsequently extended the deadline for opposition to April 27, 2012, Petitioner nevertheless failed to file opposition within the allotted time, as extended.
The Petition should be denied and dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute. Petitioner has failed to file timely opposition to a potentially dispositive motion, despite a Court Order that Petitioner do so. The Court has inherent power to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases by dismissing actions for failure to prosecute. Link v. Wabash R.R., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30 (1962); see Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
For all of the foregoing reasons, IT IS RECOMMENDED that the Court issue an Order: (1) accepting and adopting this Report and Recommendation; and (2) directing that Judgment be entered denying and dismissing the Petition without prejudice.
Reports and Recommendations are not appealable to the Court of Appeals, but may be subject to the right of any party to file objections as provided in the Local Rules Governing the Duties of Magistrate Judges and review by the District Judge whose initials appear in the docket number. No notice of appeal pursuant to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure should be filed until entry of the judgment of the District Court.
If the District Judge enters judgment adverse to Petitioner, the District Judge will, at the same time, issue or deny a certificate of appealability. Within twenty (20) days of the filing of this Report and Recommendation, the parties may file written arguments regarding whether a certificate of appealability should issue.
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