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Young v. Berkebile

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

September 18, 2013

TIMOTHY DOYLE YOUNG, Petitioner-Appellant,
v.
WARDEN BERKEBILE, Respondent-Appellee.

D.C. No. 1:13-CV-01136-LTB, D. Colo.

Before LUCERO, McKAY, and MURPHY, Circuit Judges.

ORDER AND JUDGMENT [*]

Monroe G. McKay Circuit Judge

After examining the briefs and the appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist in the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2); 10th Cir. R. 34.1(G). This case is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument.

Petitioner Timothy Young, a federal prisoner proceeding pro se, seeks review of the district court's dismissal of his 28 U.S.C. § 2241 habeas petition. In his original petition, Petitioner argued that the Bureau of Prisons had improperly denied him good-time credits "in direct violation of Policy." (R. at 3.) Petitioner additionally asserted that various prison officials refused to provide him with the necessary habeas corpus forms and continued to withhold his inmate account statement and legal envelopes.[1] After reviewing Petitioner's petition, the magistrate judge issued an order directing Petitioner to cure various deficiencies in his pleading within thirty days. Specifically, the magistrate judge identified the following deficiencies: (1) Petitioner failed to submit a motion to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915, (2) Petitioner failed to submit a certified statement showing the current balance in his prison account, (3) Petitioner's petition was not submitted on the proper court forms, and (4) Petitioner's "claims challenge the execution of his sentence and [should be] raised in an action filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241" as opposed to the general "Habeas Corpus" document Petitioner originally filed. (R. at 8.) The magistrate judge further instructed Petitioner that if he was unable to comply with the order because of the prison officials' alleged refusal to provide the necessary documents and information, Petitioner "must provide evidence that he submitted a request to prison staff for each of the three items and prison staff responded telling him that they would not provide any of the three items." (Id.) The magistrate judge concluded by warning Petitioner that "fail[ure] to cure the designated deficiencies within thirty days from the date of this Order" would result in dismissal "without further notice." (R. at 9 (bolding omitted).) Rather than comply with the magistrate judge's order, Petitioner filed an identical pleading to his original petition. He made no effort to comply with the magistrate judge's order to substantiate his repeated allegation that prison officials refused to provide the necessary documents and information. As a result of Petitioner's failure to comply with the order, the district court dismissed Petitioner's petition without prejudice.

Petitioner now appeals, arguing the district court erred in dismissing his petition. He argues only generally that the court's order "ignored the law" (Petitioner's Opening Br. at 4)—particularly that "'Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2) requires only a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, '" (id. at 3 (quoting Erickson v. Pardus, 127 S.Ct. 2197, 2200 (2007)))— "ignored the facts, " and "ignored the grounds for relief" (id. at 4). Petitioner, however, makes no attempt to excuse his failure to comply with the magistrate judge's order or his failure to explain to the magistrate judge, if true, why it was impossible to cure the designated deficiencies. After reviewing the record on appeal, and particularly in light of the sparsity of Petitioner's briefing, we see no error in the ...


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