Mills v. Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center
ORDER AND OPINION concurring in the 9 Report and Recommendation and summarily dismissing the petition without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return. Signed by Honorable Margaret B. Seymour on 11/13/2017. (bgoo)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Xavier M. Mills, also known as Xavier
Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center,
C/A No. 0:17-2309-MBS
ORDER AND OPINION
Petitioner Xavier M. Mills is a pretrial detainee who currently is housed at the Sheriff Al
Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. Petitioner, appearing pro se and in
forma pauperis, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, asserting that
he is subject to excessive bail in violation of the Eighth Amendment and denied due process, access
to the courts, and a speedy trial in violation of the Fifth Amendment. In accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02, D.S.C., this matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge
Paige J. Gossett for pretrial handling.
The Magistrate Judge reviewed the § 2241 petition pursuant to the Rules Governing 2254
Cases, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1995, and applicable precedents, as well
as 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915 and 1915A. The Magistrate Judge observed that Petitioner provided mere
conclusory statements in his § 2241 petition, in contravention of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678
(2009), and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007). Accordingly, the Magistrate
Judge recommended that the § 2241 petition be summarily dismissed for failure to state a claim upon
which relief can be granted. Petitioner filed no objections to the Report and Recommendation.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation has
no presumptive weight, and the responsibility for making a final determination remains with this
court. Matthews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (1976). This court is charged with making a de novo
determination of any portions of the Report 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
may recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). 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).
The court has thoroughly reviewed the record. The court concurs in the Report and
Recommendation and incorporates it herein by reference. Petitioner’s § 2241 petition is summarily
dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Margaret B. Seymour
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
November 13, 2017
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
Petitioner is hereby notified of the right to appeal this order
pursuant to Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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