Agramonte v. Bragg
ORDER ADOPTING 10 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. Petitioner's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return. A certificate of appealability is denied. Signed by Honorable Mary G Lewis on 6/10/2014. (abuc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
) Civil Action No. 0:13-1956-MGL
Travis Bragg, Warden, FCI Bennettsville,
Petitioner Joseph Agramonte, (“Petitioner”), an inmate in the custody of the South Carolina
Department of Corrections, filed the instant petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2241. (ECF No. 1). In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule
73.02(B)(2)(c), D.S.C., this matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett
for review of post-trial petitions for relief and a Report and Recommendation (“Report”).
On September 11, 2013 the Magistrate Judge issued a Report, (ECF No. 10), recommending
that the petition be dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return.
Objections to the Report were originally due by September 30, 2013. That time period elapsed and
on October 7, 2013, the Court entered an Order adopting the Report and dismissing the petition.
(ECF No. 12). Over three months later, on January 14, 2014, Petitioner moved the Court to reopen
the case and permit the belated filing of objections. (ECF No. 17). Out of an abundance of caution
and with a view, especially, to the pro se nature of the petition, the Court granted that motion and
extended the time period for Petitioner to file objections until February 6, 2014. (ECF No. 18).
Petitioner ultimately filed an Objection to the Report on February 6, 2014. (ECF No. 20).
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation has
no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the Court.
See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The Court is charged with making a de novo
determination of any portion of the Report of the Magistrate Judge to which a specific objection is
made. The Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation made by
the Magistrate Judge or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28
U.S.C. § 636(b). In the absence of a timely filed Objection, a district court need not conduct a de
novo review, but instead must “only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record
in order to accept the recommendation.” Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310,
315 (4th Cir. 2005).
In light of the standards set forth above, the Court has reviewed, de novo, the Report and the
Petitioner’s Objection. The Court has undertaken a de novo review, even though Petitioner’s
Objection amounts to a restatement of arguments already advanced in his Petition. As the
Magistrate Judge’s Report clearly and persuasively sets out, Petitioner’s due process argument rests
upon a fundamental misreading of current and former versions of 28 C.F.R. § 541. (ECF No. 10 at
For the forgoing reasons, the Court concurs with the reasoning of the Magistrate Judge and
adopts the Report and incorporates it herein by reference. (ECF No. 10). Petitioner’s Petition for
a Writ of Habeas Corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to
file a return.
Certificate of Appealability
The governing law provides that:
© (2) A certificate of appealability may issue . . . only if the applicant
has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.
© (3) The certificate of appealability . . . shall indicate which specific
issue or issues satisfy the showing required by paragraph (2).
28 U.S.C. § 2253© . A prisoner satisfies the standard by demonstrating that
reasonable jurists would find this court's assessment of his constitutional claims
debatable or wrong and that any dispositive procedural ruling by the district court is
likewise debatable. See Miller–El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336, 123 S.Ct. 1029,
154 L.Ed.2d 931 (2003); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir.2001). In this case,
the legal standard for the issuance of a certificate of appealability has not been met.
Therefore, a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Mary G. Lewis
United States District Judge
June 10, 2014
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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