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McClellan v. Lewis

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT DIVISION
Feb 13, 2020
Civil Action No.: 9:19-cv-01227-JMC (D.S.C. Feb. 13, 2020)

Opinion

Civil Action No.: 9:19-cv-01227-JMC

02-13-2020

James A. McClellan, Plaintiff, v. Warden Scott Lewis, Associate Warden Susan Duffy, and John Palmer, Captain, Defendants.


ORDER

James A. McClellan ("Plaintiff") filed a civil rights action alleging that Warden Scott Lewis, Associate Warden Susan Duffy, and Captain John Palmer ("Defendants") intimidated and forced him to talk with police interrogators against his will and confiscated his legal aid materials in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. On November 20, 2019, Defendants filed a Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 21), but Plaintiff failed to respond. This matter is before the court upon review of the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation ("Report") (ECF No. 25), filed on January 8, 2020, recommending that Plaintiff's Complaint (ECF No. 1) be dismissed for failure to prosecute.

The Magistrate Judge's Report is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina. The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court, which has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report to which specific objections are made. Diamond v. Colonial Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005).

The parties were advised of their right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 25.) Neither party filed objections to the Report.

In the absence of timely objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report, this court is not required to provide an explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983). Rather, "in the absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but instead must 'only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.'" Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee's note). Furthermore, failure to file specific written objections to the Report results in a party's waiver of the right to appeal from the judgment of the District Court based upon such recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985).

After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case, the court finds the Report provides an accurate summary of the facts and law and does not contain clear error. Therefore, the court ACCEPTS the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 25) and DISMISSES the Plaintiff's Complaint (ECF No. 1) pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P 41(b). Accordingly, the court FINDS that the Motion for Summary Judgement (ECF No. 21) is MOOT.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

/s/

United States District Judge February 13, 2020
Columbia, South Carolina


Summaries of

McClellan v. Lewis

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT DIVISION
Feb 13, 2020
Civil Action No.: 9:19-cv-01227-JMC (D.S.C. Feb. 13, 2020)
Case details for

McClellan v. Lewis

Case Details

Full title:James A. McClellan, Plaintiff, v. Warden Scott Lewis, Associate Warden…

Court:UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT DIVISION

Date published: Feb 13, 2020

Citations

Civil Action No.: 9:19-cv-01227-JMC (D.S.C. Feb. 13, 2020)