June 26, 2013
JIMMY ALLEN NORRIS, Plaintiff,
ADAM JACKSON, Defendant.
JOSEPH H. McKINLEY, Jr., Chief District Judge.
Plaintiff Jimmy Allen Norris initiated this civil action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Upon filing the instant action, he assumed the responsibility of keeping this Court advised of his current address and to actively litigate his claims. See LR 5.2(d) ("All pro se litigants must provide written notice of a change of address to the Clerk and to the opposing party or the opposing party's counsel. Failure to notify the Clerk of an address change may result in the dismissal of the litigant's case or other appropriate sanctions.").
The Court sent an Order to Plaintiff on June 18, 2013. That mailing was sent to Plaintiff at the Butler County Jail, which was Plaintiff's address of record in this civil action. On June 24, 2013, that mailing was returned by the U.S. Postal Service marked: "Return to Sender; Attempted Not Known; Unable to Forward." Plaintiff has not advised the Court of a change of address, and neither notices from this Court nor filings by Defendant in this action can be served on Plaintiff. In such situations, courts have an inherent power "acting on their own initiative, to clear their calendars of cases that have remained dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief." Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630 (1962).
Because it appears to this Court that Plaintiff has abandoned any interest in prosecution of this case, the Court will dismiss Plaintiff's claims by separate Order.