Thomas v. Melton et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS - The Court ACCEPTS the Magistrate Judge's R&R and ADOPTS it as the findings; ADOC claims are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE; and the Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED and the excessive-force claim is DIMSISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Judge Liles C Burke on 2/17/2021. (AHI)
2021 Feb-18 AM 08:24
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
AARON MIKE THOMAS,
SERGEANT CORDARO D.
MELTON, et al.,
Case No.: 2:19-cv-966-LCB-GMB
On January 20, 2021, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gray M. Borden issued a Report
and Recommendation in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) recommending that
Thomas’s claims against the Alabama Department of Corrections (“ADOC”) be
dismissed with prejudice. (Doc. 27). The Magistrate Judge further recommended
that Melton’s motion for summary judgment (Doc. 23) be granted and Thomas’s
Eighth Amendment excessive force claim be dismissed with prejudice. (Doc. 27).
No party has objected to the Report and Recommendation.
When a party objects to a portion of a Magistrate Judge’s report or proposed
findings or recommendations, the District Court must conduct a de novo review of
those portions of the report to which the party has specifically objected. 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1). The unchallenged portions of the Magistrate Judge’s report are
reviewed for clear error. See LoConte v. Dugger, 847 F.2d 745, 750 (11th Cir. 1988).
Accordingly, having reviewed the proposed findings and recommendations
for clear error, the Court concludes that the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation (Doc. 27) should be ACCEPTED and hereby ADOPTS it as the
findings of the Court. The claims against the ADOC are DISMISSED WITH
PREJUDICE. Melton’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 23) is GRANTED
and Thomas’s excessive-force claim is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
DONE and ORDERED this February 17, 2021.
LILES C. BURKE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
United States Court of Appeals
56 Forsyth Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
David J. Smith
Clerk of Court
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