896 F2d 545 Alsworth v. Murray

896 F.2d 545
Unpublished Disposition

Bryan ALSWORTH, Plaintiff-Appellant,
Ed MURRAY, Director Virginia Department of Corrections;
Davis Williams, Warden, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 89-7754.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Submitted: Oct. 30, 1989.
Decided: Jan. 30, 1990.

NOTICE: Fourth Circuit I.O.P. 36.6 states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.

Bryan Alsworth, appellant pro se.

Before SPROUSE, CHAPMAN and WILKINSON, Circuit Judges.


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Bryan Alsworth appeals the district court's order dismissing this 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 action for failure to demonstrate administrative exhaustion. Acting pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1997e, the district court ordered appellant to exhaust administrative remedies and to advise the court within 90 days of the result of the administrative proceedings. It warned appellant that failure to advise the court regarding exhaustion would result in dismissal of the action. The district court dismissed the case without prejudice upon expiration of the 90-day period, appellant not having complied with its order.


The district court could properly require exhaustion of administrative remedies under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1997e. Its dismissal of the action, without prejudice, when appellant failed to comply with its order was not an abuse of discretion. We therefore affirm the judgment below. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions have been adequately developed and argument would not aid the decisional process.