Chestnut v. Singleton
ORDER adopting 96 Report and Recommendation. Defendant's 68 Motion to Dismiss, Motion for Summary Judgment is granted and this action is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 5/14/2015. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Raymond Edward Chestnut,
Officer K. Singleton,
Civil Action No.: 1:13-cv-2250-RBH
Plaintiff Raymond Edward Chestnut, a federal prisoner proceeding pro se, filed this action
pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388,
397 (1971) (“Bivens”) against Defendant Officer K. Singleton (“Defendant”) on August 20, 2013.
See Compl., ECF No. 1. On December 1, 2014, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss or in the
alternative motion for summary judgment. See Def.’s Mot., ECF No. 68. On January 9, 2015,
Plaintiff filed a response in opposition. See Pl.’s Resp., ECF No. 81. Defendant filed a reply in
support of her motion on January 14, 2015. See Def.’s Reply, ECF No. 82. Plaintiff then filed a
sur-reply on March 26, 2015. See Pl.’s Sur-reply, ECF No. 89. Plaintiff also sought to submit a
declaration in support of his opposition to Defendant’s motion on April 10, 2015, see ECF No. 91,
to which Defendant objected, see ECF No. 93.
The matter is now before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation of United
States Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges, made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and
Local Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina. See R & R, ECF No. 96. In the Report and
Recommendation, the Magistrate Judge recommends the Court grant Defendant’s motion for
summary judgment. See id. at 7.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with this
Court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–71 (1976). The Court is charged with making a
de novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which specific
objection is made, and the Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the
recommendation of the Magistrate Judge or recommit the matter with instructions. See 28 U.S.C.
Neither party has filed objections to the Report and Recommendation. In the absence of
objections to the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, this Court is not required to
give any explanation for adopting the recommendations. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199
(4th Cir. 1983). The Court reviews only for clear error in the absence of an objection. See
Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that “in the
absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct 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’”) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note).
After a thorough review of the record in this case, the Court finds no clear error.
Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is adopted and incorporated
by reference. Therefore, it is ORDERED that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is
GRANTED and this action is dismissed with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
Florence, South Carolina
May 14, 2015
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