Swinton v. Charleston, County of et al
ORDER ADOPTING 69 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION It is hereby ordered that plaintiff's claims against defendant Charleston County are dismissed for failure to prosecute, and the remaining defendants' motion to transfer venue is granted, and this action is transferred to the District of Arizona. It is Ordered, that the magistrate judge's report and recommendation is adopted as the order of this Court. Signed by Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy on 12/28/2016. (egra, ) [Transferred from scd on 12/29/2016.]
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Ellis Jerome Swinton, Sr., a/k/a Ellis J.
Charleston County, Ross Foley,
) C.A. No. 8:15-4148-PMD
The above-captioned case is before this court upon the magistrate judge's recommendation
that defendant Charleston Count be dismissed, and the remaining defendants’ motion to transfer
venue be granted. Because petitioner is pro se, this matter was referred to the magistrate judge.1
This Court is charged with conducting a de novo review of any portion of the magistrate
judge's report to which a specific objection is registered, and may accept, reject, or modify, in whole
or in part, the recommendations contained in that report. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). However, absent
prompt objection by a dissatisfied party, it appears that Congress did not intend for the district court
to review the factual and legal conclusions of the magistrate judge. Thomas v Arn, 474 U.S. 140
(1985). Additionally, any party who fails to file timely, written objections to the magistrate judge's
report pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) waives the right to raise those objections at the appellate
Pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 United States Code, § 636(b), and Local Rule
73.02(B)(2)(f), D.S.C., the magistrate judge is authorized to review pretrial matters and submit
findings and recommendations to this Court.
court level. United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91 (4th Cir. 1984).2 No objections have been filed
to the magistrate judge's report. Moreover, the report and recommendation sent to plaintiff was
returned as undeliverable with a notation stating “NO LONGER IN ADC CUSTODY,” and no
change of address had been given as directed by the court in its order issued on October 30, 2015.
A review of the record indicates that the magistrate judge's report accurately summarizes this
case and the applicable law. For the reasons articulated by the magistrate judge, it is hereby
ordered that plaintiff’s claims against defendant Charleston County are dismissed for failure to
prosecute, and the remaining defendants’ motion to transfer venue is granted, and this action is
transferred to the District of Arizona.
ORDERED, that the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation is adopted as the order
of this Court.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 28, 2016
Charleston, South Carolina
In Wright v. Collins, 766 F.2d 841 (4th Cir. 1985), the court held "that a pro se litigant
must receive fair notification of the consequences of failure to object to a magistrate judge's
report before such a procedural default will result in waiver of the right to appeal. The notice
must be 'sufficiently understandable to one in appellant's circumstances fairly to appraise him of
what is required.'" Id. at 846. Plaintiff was advised in a clear manner that his objections had to
be filed within ten (10) days, and he received notice of the consequences at the appellate level of
his failure to object to the magistrate judge's report.
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