Kline v. State

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE DAVID J. KLINE, § § § § § § § § § § § Defendant Below, Appellant, v. STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee. No. 26, 2016 Court Below—Superior Court of the State of Delaware Cr. ID No. 1506008326 Submitted: March 28, 2016 Decided: April 12, 2016 ORDER This 12th day of April 2016, it appears to the Court that: (1) On January 13, 2016, the appellant, David J. Kline, filed a notice of appeal from the Superior Court’s order of December 17, 2015, sentencing him on a violation of probation. Kline’s opening brief was due to be filed on February 29, 2016, and was not filed. (2) On March 2, 2016, the Clerk issued a brief delinquency notice to Kline. The notice was sent to Kline at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the address he provided in the notice of appeal. The brief delinquency notice was returned marked “return to sender,” “attempted not known,” and “unable to forward.” (3) On March 11, 2016, the Clerk issued a notice to show cause directing Kline to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed for his failure to file the opening brief. The notice to show cause was sent to the address provided by Kline in the notice of appeal. The notice was returned marked “return to sender,” “attempted not known,” and “unable to forward.” Upon inquiry, the Department of Correction advised the Clerk that Kline was released on January 27, 2016 and is listed as “homeless” in the Department’s records. (4) “As a condition for a party appearing pro se, the party must designate a mailing address . . . for the receipt of all notices, papers and orders filed in the case.”* In this case it appears that the mailing address provided by Kline is no longer valid and Kline has not provided the Clerk with a change of address. Under these circumstances, the dismissal of Kline’s appeal is deemed to be unopposed. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, under Supreme Court Rules 3(b)(2) and 29(b), that the appeal is DISMISSED. BY THE COURT: /s/ Karen L. Valihura Justice * Del. Supr. Ct. R. 12(c). 2