Penns v. George County Regional Correctional Facility et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 58 Report and Recommendations, as the findings of this Court, and that Plaintiff's claims against Defendants are dismissed. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on 12/29/16. (RLW)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
VARTAURSE CORNELIOUS PENNS
CAUSE NO. 1:16CV92-LG-RHW
WILLIAM JORDAN, et al.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION AND
This cause comes before the Court on the  Report and Recommendation of
United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker. On March 10, 2016, Plaintiff
Vartaurse Cornelious Penns filed a Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against
multiple defendants alleging violations of his constitutional rights. On December 8,
2016, this cause came before Magistrate Judge Walker for a duly noticed omnibus
hearing, but Penns failed to appear at the hearing. Having reviewed the
Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation and the record in this action, the
Court agrees with Magistrate Judge Walker that this action should be dismissed
based on Penns’ failure to appear at the hearing.
The record reflects that Penns was sent a copy of the notice of hearing at his
last known address of record at Stone County Regional Correctional Facility located
in Wiggins, Mississippi. Moreover, the Court advised Penns in writing on multiple
occasions of his responsibility to keep the Court apprised of any address changes.
(See ECF Nos. 3, 7, 8, 14, 18, 19, 21). Nonetheless, Penns did not appear for the
December 8 hearing. At the hearing, Magistrate Judge Walker’s deputy clerk
“stated for the record that on December 2, 2016, she had received notification from
Captain Rogers of the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility that Penns had
been paroled October 3, 2016.” (See Rep. & Rec. 2, ECF No. 58). Additionally, the
record shows that Penns has not updated his address with the Court since August
2016 and has not otherwise filed anything with the Court since September 2016.
Accordingly, on December 8, Magistrate Judge Walker recommended that
this Court dismiss this action for Penns’ failure to appear at the omnibus hearing.
Penns has not objected to or otherwise responded to Magistrate Judge Walker’s
Report and Recommendation, and the time for doing so has now expired.
Where no party has objected to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation, the Court need not conduct a de novo review of it. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1) (“A judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those
portions of the report or specified proposed findings and recommendations to which
objection is made.”). In such cases, the Court need only review the Report and
Recommendation and determine whether it is either clearly erroneous or contrary
to law. See, e.g., United States v. Wilson, 864 F.2d 1219, 1221 (5th Cir. 1989).
Having conducted the required review, the Court is of the opinion that
Magistrate Judge Walker’s Report and Recommendation is neither clearly
erroneous nor contrary to law. Accordingly, the Court finds that the  Report
and Recommendation should be adopted as the opinion of this Court, and that this
matter should be dismissed.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the  Report
and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker entered
in this cause should be, and hereby is, adopted as the findings of this Court, and
that Plaintiff’s claims against Defendants are DISMISSED. A separate judgment
will be entered.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 29th day of December, 2016.
Louis Guirola, Jr.
LOUIS GUIROLA, JR.
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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