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Dunn v. NENMDF

United States District Court, D. New Mexico

December 9, 2019

WOODROW DUNN, JR., Plaintiff,
v.
NENMDF, et al., Defendants.

          PRO SE PRISONER CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER AND ORDER LIMITING COURT FILINGS PRIOR TO SCREENING

          KEVIN R. SWEAZEA UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         THIS MATTER comes before the Court sua sponte. On September 23, 2019, the Court received and docketed Plaintiff's pro se civil rights complaint, which Defendants removed from state court. The parties shall include the case number, 19-cv-00881-WJ-KRS, on all papers filed in this proceeding.

         The parties must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules of this Court, and any Order of the Court. Failure to comply with the Rules or Court Orders may result in dismissal of this case or other sanctions. Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b); see, also, Ogden v. San Juan County, 32 F.3d 452, 455 (10th Cir.1994). The parties are obligated to keep the Court advised of any changes in the party's mailing address. Failure to keep the Court informed of correct addresses may result in dismissal of the case or other sanctions. D.N.M. LR-Civ. 83.6

         Because Plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the Court is obligated to conduct a preliminary screening of the complaint. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A; 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2); Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings/Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings. Whenever a prisoner brings a civil action against government officials, the Court is obligated to screen the prisoner's complaint or petition. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Section 1915A states:

The court shall review, before docketing, if feasible or, in any event, as soon as practicable after docketing, a complaint in a civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. . . .
On review, the court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint-
(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or
(2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.

28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) and (b). The Court has a similar obligation to screen the complaint when a pro se plaintiff is proceeding without prepayment of fees and costs under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2):

Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that-
(A) the allegation of poverty is untrue; or
(B) the action or appeal-(i) is frivolous or malicious;
(ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or
(iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune ...

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