Houser v. State

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE DAVID HOUSER, Defendant Below, Appellant, v. STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee. § § § § § § § § § § § No. 702, 2015 Court Below—Superior Court of the State of Delaware Cr. ID No. 1307003281 Submitted: April 1, 2016 Decided: April 12, 2016 ORDER This 12th day of April 2016, it appears to the Court that: (1) The appellant’s opening brief was due to be filed on or before February 29, 2016. When the appellant did not file the brief by the February 29 deadline, the Clerk sent the appellant a brief delinquency notice dated March 2, 2016, advising the appellant that the brief must be filed within seven days. The appellant did not respond to the Clerk’s brief delinquency notice and did not file the opening brief. (2) On March 11, 2016, the Clerk issued a notice, by certified mail, directing the appellant to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed for failure to file the opening brief. The notice to show cause directed the appellant to respond within ten days and advised him that, if he did not respond, dismissal of the appeal would be deemed to be unopposed. (3) On March 21, 2016, the Court received the certified mail receipt, indicating that the appellant received the notice to show cause on March 21, 2016. The appellant’s response to the notice to show cause was due to be filed on or before March 31, 2016. (4) The appellant did not respond to the notice to show cause and did not file the opening brief. Under these circumstances, dismissal of the 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 2