Smith v. Dewberry et al
ORDER Adopting 15 Report and Recommendation,and Striking 10 Motion to Dismiss/Motion for Summary Judgment, filed by Daniel Heyns, Jodi DeAngelo, James Hill,and Millicent Warren as Moot. Signed by District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III. (CCoh)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 12-cv-14702
HONORABLE STEPHEN J. MURPHY, III
DEWBERRY, et al.,
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION (docket
no. 15) AND STRIKING MOTION TO DISMISS (docket no. 10) AS MOOT
This is a prisoner civil rights case. Plaintiff Deanna Smith, proceeding pro se, brings
this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging sexual harassment during her incarceration
in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The Court referred all pre-trial proceedings to
Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk for resolution or recommendation. On February 6, 2013,
Defendants James Hill, Jodi DeAngelo, Millicent Warren, and Daniel Heyns moved to
dismiss. See Mot. to Dismiss, ECF No. 10. To ensure Smith complied with the local rules
regarding motion practice, the Magistrate Judge entered an order requiring (and extending
the time for) a response by April 1, 2013. See Order, ECF No. 13. When Smith did not file
a response by then, the Magistrate Judge entered an Order to Show Cause why the case
against the four moving defendants should not be dismissed. See Order to Show Cause,
ECF No. 14. Having heard nothing since then, on May 6, 2013, the Magistrate Judge filed
a Report and Recommendation ("Report") suggesting the case against the moving
defendants be dismissed due to Smith's failure to respond and comply with the Court's
order under Civil Rule 41(b). See Report, ECF No. 15.
Civil Rule 72(b) governs review of a magistrate judge's report and recommendation.
De novo review of the magistrate judge’s findings is only required if the parties “serve and
file specific written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations.” Fed. R. Civ.
P. 72(b)(2). Nevertheless, because a district judge always retains jurisdiction over a motion
after referring it to a magistrate judge, he is entitled to review the magistrate judge's
findings of fact and conclusions of law on his own initiative. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S.
140, 154 (1985) (clarifying that while a district court judge need not review a report and
recommendation “de novo if no objections are filed, it does not preclude further review by
the district judge, sua sponte or at the request of a party, under a de novo or any other
Because neither party filed objections to the Report, de novo review of the Report's
conclusions is not required. Having reviewed the Report's analysis, in light of the record,
and noting the now-three month time period since the order was first entered, the Court
finds that its conclusions are factually based and legally sound. Accordingly, it will adopt
the Report's findings and dismiss the claims against defendants Hill, DeAngelo, Warren,
and Heyns with prejudice.
WHEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation (docket
no. 10) is ADOPTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (docket no. 15) is
STRICKEN AS MOOT.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the claims against individual defendants Hill,
DeAngelo, Warren, and Heyns are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
s/Stephen J. Murphy, III
STEPHEN J. MURPHY, III
United States District Judge
Dated: June 19, 2013
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or
counsel of record on June 19, 2013, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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