Duren v. McFadden
OPINION AND ORDER concurring in the 21 Report and Recommendation, summarily dismissing the action without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return, and denying a certificate of appealability. Signed by Honorable Margaret B. Seymour on 5/8/2017. (bgoo)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
David Duren, #181965,
) C/A No. 1:16-3756-MBS
OPINION AND ORDER
Petitioner David Duren is an inmate in custody of the South Carolina Department of
Corrections. Petitioner, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, brings this action pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2254, alleging that he is being detained unlawfully.
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 Shiva V. Hodges for pretrial handling. The Magistrate Judge
reviewed the § 2254 petition pursuant to the Rules Governing Section 2254 Proceedings for the
United States District Court (“§ 2254 Rules”), the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act
of 1996, and other precedents. The Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation on
February 28, 2017. The Magistrate Judge determined that the claims contained in the § 2254 petition
are vague and conclusory, in violation of Rule 2(c) of the § 2254 Rules, and that a number of
Petitioner’s allegations revisit issues already decided by this court. Accordingly the Magistrate
Judge recommended that Petitioner’s § 2254 petition be summarily dismissed without prejudice and
without requiring Respondent to file a return. Despite being granted an extension of time, 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. The responsibility for making a final determination remains with this court.
Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (1976). This court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole
or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the Magistrate Judge. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
This court may also receive further evidence or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with
instructions. Id. 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. Plaintiff’s complaint is summarily
dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return.
CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY
A certificate of appealability will not issue absent “a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating
that reasonable jurists would find that any assessment of the constitutional claims by the district
court is debatable or wrong and that any dispositive procedural ruling by the district court is likewise
debatable. Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336-38 (2003); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683-84
(4th Cir. 2001). The court concludes that Movant has not made the requisite showing for the reasons
set forth hereinabove. Accordingly, the court denies a certificate of appealability.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Margaret B. Seymour
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
May 8, 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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