Peterson v. Clanton, et al
OPINION AND ORDER (1) Overruling Plaintiff's Objection (Dkt. 37 ), (2) Accepting the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 36 ), And (3) Granting Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. 30 ). Signed by District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith. (MarW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
BRADLEY T. PETERSON,
Civil Action No. 16-CV-10353
HON. MARK A. GOLDSMITH
DANIEL CLANTON, et al.,
OPINION & ORDER
(1) OVERRULING PLAINTIFF’S OBJECTION (Dkt. 37), (2) ACCEPTING THE
MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION (Dkt. 36), AND (3)
GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (Dkt. 30)
This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) of Magistrate
Judge David R. Grand, issued on April 24, 2017 (Dkt. 36). In the R&R, the Magistrate Judge
recommends granting Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (Dkt. 30). Plaintiff Bradley
Peterson filed an objection on May 12, 2017 (Dkt. 37), to which Defendants filed a response (Dkt.
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b)(1), a party objecting to an R&R must
file his objections within fourteen days of service. Peterson’s objection was filed beyond this
fourteen-day period. The failure to file a timely objection to an R&R constitutes a waiver of the
right to further judicial review. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985). However, this rule
may be relaxed in the interests of justice. See Kent v. Johnson, 821 F.2d 1220, 1222-1223 (6th
Cir. 1987). Because Peterson is a pro se litigant, the Court will review his objection.
The Court reviews de novo those portions of the R&R to which a specific objection has
been made. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(1). However, “a general objection
to a magistrate’s report, which fails to specify the issues of contention, does not satisfy the
requirement that an objection be filed. The objections must be clear enough to enable the district
court to discern those issues that are dispositive and contentious.” Miller v. Currie, 50 F.3d 373,
380 (6th Cir. 1995).
Peterson’s objection fails to specify the portion of the R&R to which he objects. The
objection is mostly a summary of his past litigation and alleged mistreatment at the hands of
various government officials. See Pl. Obj. at 1-2 (cm/ecf pages). Peterson also repeats his
allegation that Defendant Daniel Clanton lied when he wrote in his police report that Peterson was
making terroristic threats while protesting. Id. at 3 (cm/ecf page). However, Peterson does not
specifically object to any of the Magistrate Judge’s findings, i.e., that this alleged conduct did not
amount to a violation of Peterson’s First or Fourteenth Amendment rights, or that it constituted
defamation or fraud.
The Court’s own review of the R&R indicates that the Magistrate Judge has reached the
proper conclusion for the proper reasons. Therefore, the R&R is accepted and adopted as the
findings and conclusions of the Court. Accordingly, Peterson’s objection is overruled and
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is granted.
Dated: August 7, 2017
s/Mark A. Goldsmith
MARK A. GOLDSMITH
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record and any
unrepresented parties via the Court's ECF System to their respective email or First Class U.S. mail
addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on August 7, 2017.
In the absence of Karri Sandusky
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