Wright v. Kendtz et al
ORDER adopting the 65 Report and Recommendation and dismissing this action without prejudice. Further, this action is subject to summary dismissal for failure to effect service pursuant to Rule 4(m). Signed by Honorable Timothy M. Cain on 3/31/2021. (mmcd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ROCK HILL DIVISION
Edrian Donyae Wright a/k/a Yae, Yae )
Dr. Kendtz and Barber Beede,
Civil Action No. 0:20-cv-2299-TMC
Plaintiff Edrian Donyae Wright, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis,
filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF Nos. 1; 2; 11; 17). In accordance with 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(e) (D.S.C.), this matter was referred to a
magistrate judge for all pretrial proceedings. On September 23, 2020, the magistrate judge entered
an order authorizing the issuance and service of process against Defendants and directing the
United States Marshals Service to effect service. (ECF No. 17). Both summonses were returned
unexecuted, indicating that the South Carolina Department of Corrections (“SCDC”) could not
find Defendants. (ECF No. 21). Consequently, the magistrate judge issued an order on November
6, 2020, directing Plaintiff to complete and return Form USM-285 to better identify both
Defendants within fourteen days. (ECF No. 22). Twice Plaintiff filed new Forms USM-285
attempting to identify and locate Defendants, (ECF Nos. 30; 46), and the court reauthorized service
and directed the Marshals Service to effect service pursuant to the forms Plaintiff filed, (ECF Nos.
32; 52). 1 Both times the summonses were returned unexecuted, again indicating that SCDC could
not find Defendants. (ECF Nos. 39; 58; 59).
Now before the court is the magistrate judge’s Report and Recommendation (“Report”),
entered on March 9, 2021, recommending that the court dismiss this case for failure to effect
service pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). (ECF No. 65). The Report was mailed
to Plaintiff at the address he provided to the court on March 10, 2021, (ECF No. 68), and has not
been returned. Therefore, Plaintiff is presumed to have received the Report. Plaintiff was advised
of his right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 65 at 4). However, Plaintiff has filed no
objections and the time to do so has now run. This matter is now ripe for review.
The magistrate judge’s recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility
for making a final determination remains with the United States District Court. Wimmer v. Cook,
774 F.2d 68, 72 (4th Cir. 1985) (quoting Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–71 (1976)).
Nevertheless, “[t]he district court is only required to review de novo those portions of the report to
which specific objections have been made, and need not conduct de novo review ‘when a party
makes general and conclusory objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the
magistrate judge’s proposed findings and recommendations.’” Farmer v. McBride, 177 Fed.
App’x 327, 330–31 (4th Cir. April 26, 2006) (quoting Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th
Cir. 1982)). The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation
made by the magistrate judge or recommit the matter with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
However, in the absence of specific objections to the Report and Recommendation, this Court is
not required to give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. Greenspan v. Brothers
Plaintiff appealed the court’s December 1, 2020 order reauthorizing service to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
(ECF No. 47). The Fourth Circuit dismissed Plaintiff’s appeal and the mandate and order were filed on March 15,
2021. (ECF No. 68).
Prop. Corp., 103 F. Supp. 3d 734, 737 (D.S.C. 2015) (citing Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199–
200 (4th Cir. 1983)).
Thus, having thoroughly reviewed the Report and the record under the appropriate
standards, the court, finding no clear error, ADOPTS the Report in its entirety (ECF No. 65), and
incorporates it herein. Accordingly, the court finds that this action is subject to summary dismissal
for failure to effect service pursuant to Rule 4(m). Therefore, this case is DISMISSED without
prejudice. The clerk of court shall provide a filed copy of this order to Plaintiff at his last known
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
Anderson, South Carolina
March 31, 2021
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are 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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