English v. Wood et al
ORDER adopting 19 Report and Recommendation. This action is dismissed without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. Signed by Honorable Joseph F Anderson, Jr on 4/1/2014.(abuc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Roderick Jerome English,
Dr. Beverly A. Wood; Donikias Gray;
Counselors Maddox; William R. Byars, Jr.;
Dr. Nocho Perez; Ashley Sharmane
Washington; and Dr. Ferluato,
C/A No. 1:13-2677-JFA-SVH
The pro se plaintiff, Roderick Jerome English, is an inmate with the South Carolina
Department of Corrections. He brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 contending
that the defendants negligently failed to prescribe anxiety medication for him and failed to
respond to his serious medical needs. He seeks injunctive relief.
The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action1 has prepared a Report and
Recommendation and opines that the complaint should be summarily dismissed. The Report
sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and the court
incorporates such without a recitation.
The Magistrate Judge’s review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule
73.02. 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. Mathews
v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (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 to the
Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
The plaintiff was advised of his right to file objections to the Report and
Recommendation and he has timely done so. The court has reviewed the objections and finds
them to be duplicative of the claims in his original complaint. As such they are overruled.
In the absence of specific objections to the Report of the Magistrate Judge, this court is not
required to give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718
F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983).
As the Magistrate Judge properly opines, it is clear that the plaintiff has failed to
exhaust his administrative remedies as required under the Prison Litigation Reform Act of
1996. See 42 U.S.C. § 1997(e). Additionally, the plaintiff’s claims of negligence by the
defendants is not actionable under § 1983.
After a careful review of the record, the applicable law, and the Report and
Recommendation, the court finds the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation proper and adopts
and incorporates it herein by reference. Accordingly, this action is dismissed without
prejudice and without issuance and service of process.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.
United States District Judge
April 1, 2014
Columbia, South Carolina
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