Lechner v. DeClaire et al
ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 5 ; Court discerns no good-faith basis for appeal; signed by Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker (Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker, sdb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JOHN FRANCIS LECHNER,
CASE NO. 2:17-CV-108
HON. ROBERT J. JONKER
TIMOTHY DeCLAIRE, et al.,
ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
The Court has reviewed Magistrate Judge Greeley’s Report and Recommendation in this
matter (ECF No. 5) and Plaintiff’s Objection (ECF No. 9). Under the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, where, as here, a party has objected to portions of a Report and Recommendation, “[t]he
district judge . . . has a duty to reject the magistrate judge’s recommendation unless, on de novo
reconsideration, he or she finds it justified.” 12 WRIGHT, MILLER, & MARCUS, FEDERAL PRACTICE
AND PROCEDURE §
3070.2, at 451 (3d ed. 2014). Specifically, the Rules provide that:
The district judge must determine de novo any part of the magistrate
judge’s disposition that has been properly objected to. The district
judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition;
receive further evidence; or return the matter to the magistrate judge
FED R. CIV. P. 72(b)(3). De novo review in these circumstances requires at least a review of the
evidence before the Magistrate Judge. Hill v. Duriron Co., 656 F.2d 1208, 1215 (6th Cir. 1981).
The Court has reviewed de novo the claims and evidence presented to the Magistrate Judge; the
Report and Recommendation itself; and Plaintiff's objections. After its review, the Court finds that
Magistrate Judge Greeley’s Report and Recommendation is factually sound and legally correct.
The Magistrate Judge carefully and thoroughly considered the case record and the governing
law. The Magistrate Judge properly found that Plaintiff failed to state a claim on which relief may
be granted. Plaintiff’s objections fail to deal with the Report and Recommendation in a meaningful
way. Nothing in Plaintiff’s objections changes the fundamental analysis. The Court agrees with the
Magistrate Judge’s conclusion that the complaint must be dismissed, for the very reasons the Report
and Recommendation delineates.
ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation of the
Magistrate Judge (ECF No. 5) is approved and adopted as the opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s complaint is DISMISSED under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2) for failure to state a claim on which relief may be granted.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that for the same reasons that the Court dismisses the action,
the Court discerns no good-faith basis for an appeal within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
See McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 611 (6th Cir. 1997).
This case is DISMISSED.
August 21, 2017
/s/ Robert J. Jonker
ROBERT J. JONKER
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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