Cox v. VA Center et al
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, denying plaintiff's motion to proceed IFP. Plaintiff shall have 21 days to pay the $350 filing fee, FURTHER ORDERED that in the event plaintiff fails to pay the filing fe e, the complaint shall be dismissed without prejudice under the "three strikes" rule of 28 USC 1915(g), for 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by Paul Leslie Cox, 8 Report and Recommendation,, Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on May 16, 2013. (kbos)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Paul Leslie Cox,
VA Center; Social Security Office,
C/A No. 2:13-856-TMC
Plaintiff, Paul Leslie Cox (“Plaintiff”), a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this
action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff has filed a Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma
pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. (ECF No. 2).
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02(B)(2), D.S.C., all pre-trial
proceedings were referred to a Magistrate Judge. On April 29, 2013, Magistrate Judge Joseph R.
McCrorey issued a Report and Recommendation ("Report") recommending that Plaintiff’s
Motion to Proceed in forma pauperis be denied and that Plaintiff’s Complaint be dismissed
without prejudice if he fails to timely pay the full filing fee because Plaintiff is subject to the
“three strikes” rule of the Prison Litigation Reform Act. (ECF No. 8). The Magistrate Judge
provided Plaintiff a notice advising him of his right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 8
at 5). Plaintiff filed objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report on May 7, 2013. (ECF No. 10.)
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with the
court. 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 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. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
The court is obligated to conduct a de novo review of every portion of the Magistrate
Judge’s report to which objections have been filed. Id. However, the court need not conduct a de
novo review when a party makes only “general and conclusory objections that do not direct the
court to a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed findings and recommendations.” Orpiano v.
Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982). In the absence of a timely filed, specific objection, the
Magistrate Judge’s conclusions are reviewed only for clear error. See Diamond v. Colonial Life
& Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005).
As noted above, Plaintiff filed objections to the Report which the court has carefully
reviewed. However, the Plaintiff’s objections provide no basis for this court to deviate from the
Magistrate Judge’s recommended disposition.
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case, the court adopts the
Magistrate Judge's Report (ECF No. 8) and incorporates it herein. It is therefore ORDERED
that the Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 2) is DENIED and
that the Plaintiff shall have twenty-one (21) days from the date of this order to pay the $350
filing fee. It is further ORDERED that, in the event the Plaintiff fails to timely pay the filing
fee, the Complaint shall be DISMISSED without prejudice under the “three strikes” rule of 28
U.S.C. § 1915(g) and the Clerk enter final judgment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
Anderson, South Carolina
May 16, 2013
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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