Gresham v. Caldwell-Barr et al
ORDER - Judge Cobb's Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 48 ) is accepted and adopted in full. Defendant's motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 30 ) is granted. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly and close this case. Signed by Chief Judge Miranda M. Du on 7/15/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
MICHAEL A. GRESHAM,
Case No. 3:18-cv-00498-MMD-WGC
CALDWELL-BARR, et al.,
Pro se Plaintiff Michael Gresham filed a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. §
1983. (ECF No. 8.) Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation (“R&R” or
“Recommendation”) of United States Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb (ECF No. 48),
recommending that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 30) be granted.
Gresham had until July 9, 2021, to file an objection. To date, no objection to the R&R has
been filed. For this reason, and as explained below, the Court adopts Judge Cobb’s R&R
and will grant Defendant’s motion for summary judgment.
The Court “may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Where a party
fails to object to a magistrate judge’s recommendation, the Court is not required to
conduct “any review at all . . . of any issue that is not the subject of an objection.” Thomas
v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985); see also United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114,
1116 (9th Cir. 2003) (“De novo review of the magistrate judges’ findings and
recommendations is required if, but only if, one or both parties file objections to the
findings and recommendations.”) (emphasis in original); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72, Advisory
Committee Notes (1983) (providing that the Court “need only satisfy itself that there is no
clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.”).
Because there is no objection, the Court need not conduct de novo review, and is
satisfied Judge Cobb did not clearly err. Here, Judge Cobb recommends Defendant’s
motion for summary judgment be granted as Defendant is entitled to qualified immunity.
(ECF No. 48 at 9.) Moreover, Defendant did not violate Gresham’s rights as it is not clearly
established that a prison psychologist violates an inmate’s due process rights when the
psychologist provides her professional opinion pursuant to a state statute, and the inmate
has signed an agreement waiving confidentiality. (Id. at 11.) The Court agrees with Judge
Cobb. Having reviewed the R&R and the record in this case, the Court will adopt the R&R
It is therefore ordered that Judge Cobb’s Report and Recommendation (ECF No.
48) is accepted and adopted in full.
It is further ordered that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 30)
The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly and close this case.
DATED THIS 15th Day of July 2021.
MIRANDA M. DU
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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