Goodrum v. Kenneth Peele Investigations et al
ORDER that Judge Baldwin's Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 3 ) is accepted and adopted in full; Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 1 ) is granted; Plaintiff's complaint (ECF No. 1 -1) is dismissed without prejudice, and without leave to amend; Clerk directed to enter judgment accordingly close this case. Signed by Chief Judge Miranda M. Du on 11/16/2020. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - LW)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
MITCHELL KEITH GOODRUM,
Case No. 3:20-cv-00572-MMD-CLB
KENNETH PEELE INVESTIGATIONS,
Pro se Plaintiff Mitchell Keith Goodrum brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation (“R&R” or “Recommendation”) of
United States Magistrate Judge Carla L. Baldwin (ECF No. 3), recommending Plaintiff’s
complaint be dismissed without prejudice, but without leave to amend. Plaintiff had until
November 2, 2020 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 the R&R, and will dismiss
Plaintiff’s complaint without prejudice, and without leave to amend.
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.”).
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Because there is no objection, the Court need not conduct de novo review, and is
satisfied Judge Baldwin did not clearly err. Here, Baldwin recommends that Plaintiff’s
application to proceed in forma pauperis be granted because Plaintiff has demonstrated
he cannot pay the filing fee. (ECF No. 3 at 2.) However, because Plaintiff’s requested
relief in this action requires a habeas corpus action, Judge Baldwin recommends
dismissing Plaintiff’s civil rights claim—because “§ 1983 is not a backdoor through which
a federal court may overturn a state court conviction or award relief related to the fact or
duration of a sentence.” (Id. at 4.) And because Plaintiff’s cannot obtain the relief he seeks
in a § 1983 case, amendment would be futile. (Id.) The Court agrees with Judge Baldwin.
Having reviewed the R&R and the record in this case, the Court will adopt the R&R in full.
It is therefore ordered that Judge Baldwin’s Report and Recommendation (ECF
No. 3) is accepted and adopted in full.
It is further ordered that Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF
No. 1) is granted.
It is further ordered that Plaintiff’s complaint (ECF No. 1-1) is dismissed without
prejudice, and without leave to amend.
The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly and close this case.
DATED THIS 16th Day of November 2020.
MIRANDA M. DU
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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