Leonard v. McVey et al

Filing 18

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION of the magistrate judge 17 , DISMISSING all claims against defts w/ leave to amend denied as futile, & directing Clrk of Ct to CLOSE case. (See order for complete details.) Signed by Honorable Christopher C. Conner on 11/24/09. (ki)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA MICHAEL LEONARD, Plaintiff v. CATHERINE C. MCVEY, et al., Defendants : : : : : : : : : CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:09-CV-0666 (Judge Conner) ORDER AND NOW, this 24th day of November, 2009, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 17) of the magistrate judge, recommending that plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1) be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, and, following an independent review of the record, it appearing that plaintiff is a prisoner incarcerated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, that his complaint seeks relief under 42 U.S.C. 1983 because "the 1968 Constitution of Pennsylvania does not contain a criminal code or a savings clause and, therefore, the trial court did not have jurisdiction to sentence him and the DOC and Board defendants do not have jurisdiction to hold him in custody," (Doc. 17 at 2), and alleges that the Department of Corrections retaliated against him for pursuing federal-court relief, (id.), and it further appearing that plaintiff has not objected to the magistrate judge's recommendation that the complaint be dismissed, and that there is no clear error on the face of the record,1 see Nara v. Frank, 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that "failing to timely object to [a report and recommendation] in a civil proceeding may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that: 1. The report and recommendation (Doc. 17) of the magistrate judge is ADOPTED. All claims against defendants are DISMISSED. Leave to amend is denied as futile. Grayson v. Mayview State Hosp., 293 F.3d 103, 108 (3d Cir. 2002). The Clerk of Court is instructed to CLOSE this case. 2. S/ Christopher C. Conner CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge When parties fail to file timely objections to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the Federal Magistrates Act does not require a district court to review the report before accepting it. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). As a matter of good practice, however, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals expects district courts to "afford some level of review to dispositive legal issues raised by the report." Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987). The advisory committee notes to Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure indicate that "[w]hen no timely objection is filed, the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b) advisory committee's note; see also Henderson, 812 F.2d at 878-79 (stating that "the failure of a party to object to a magistrate's legal conclusions may result in the loss of the right to de novo review in the district court"); Tice v. Wilson, 425 F. Supp. 2d 676, 680 (W.D. Pa. 2006) (holding that when parties do not object to a report and recommendation, the court's review is conducted under the "plain error" standard, pursuant to which "the error must have been `clear' or `obvious' and seriously affect[s] the fairness or integrity of the judicial proceedings"); Cruz v. Chater, 990 F. Supp. 375, 375-78 (M.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the district court is limited to ascertaining whether there is "clear error on the face of the record"); Oldrati v. Apfel, 33 F. Supp. 2d 397, 399 (E.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the court will review an unobjected-to report for "clear error"). The court has reviewed the magistrate judge's report and recommendation in accordance with this Third Circuit directive. 1

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