Taylor v. Pate et al
ORDER and OPINION adopting 19 Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon Baker. The Court summarily dismisses the complaint, with prejudice and without issuance and service of process. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), this case counts as a strike. This is Plaintiff's third strike under the PLRA. The clerk is directed to only accept future non-habeas filings from Plaintiff if Plaintiff pays the filing fees in full. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 2/3/2017.(ssam, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Therl Taylor, #260961,
John Pate, et al.,
Case No: 2:16-cv-2115-RMG
ORDER and OPINION
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation ("R & R") of the
Magistrate Judge. (Dkt. No. 19). The Magistrate Judge has recommended that the Court
summarily dismiss the Complaint, with prejudice and without issuance and service of process.
The Court agrees with the Magistrate's analysis so ADOPTS the R & R as the order ofthe
a. Report and Recommendation from the Magistrate
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility for making a final determination remains with
this Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261,270-71 (1976). This Court is charged with making
a de novo determination of those portions of the R & R to which specific objection is made.
Additionally, the 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).
b. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA)
The PLRA, at 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) provides that:
In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil
action or proceeding under this section if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior
occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or
appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is
frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,
unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
See McLean v. United States, 566 F .3d 391, 404 (4th Cir. 2009). "[I]f a prisoner has already had
three cases dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim for which relief may
be granted, the prisoner generally may not proceed IFP but rather must pay up-front all filing
fees for his subsequent suits." Blakely v. Wards, 738 F.3d 607, 609 (4th Cir. 2013), as amended
(October 22,2013). This means that, after receiving three strikes, a plaintiff will have to pay the
full filing fee for almost any future non-habeas civil actions that he might wish to file. [d. at 610.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner serving concurrent state sentences for murder (36 years) and
possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime (5 years). Plaintiffs
application for Post-Conviction Relief was denied. Plaintiff s federal habeas petition was
dismissed on the merits. See Taylor v. Warden, Case No. 2: 13-cv-2213-RMG-WWD, 2014 WL
4721183 (D.S.C. Sep. 22, 2014), appeal dismissed, 594 F.App'x 186 (4th Cir. March 2,2015),
cert. denied, 136 S.Ct. 323 (Oct. 13, 2015).
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se and inJormapauperis (IFP), commenced this action with a
complaint in June 2016. (Dkt. No.1). The Magistrate issued her R & R on November 15, 2016,
and Plaintiff filed objections to the R & R on February 2, 2017. (Dkt. Nos. 19, 26.)
Plaintifrs Objections to the R & R
The Magistrate Judge construed Plaintiffs complaint liberally and determined that
Plaintiff had not stated any claim for relief Plaintiff has filed thirteen pages of objections to the
Magistrate's R & R, totaling some fifty-eight specific numbered objections. The Court has
reviewed all of these. Plaintiffs objections are general objections to the Magistrate's
recommendation (e.g. conclusory claims that Plaintiffs complaint has merit), recycled
arguments from the complaint, or restatements of facts. Many of the objections are simply
personal attacks on the Magistrate. Plaintiff otherwise has objected to items in the R & R that
have no bearing on the outcome of this case.
The Court finds that the Magistrate gave all claims in Plaintiffs complaint a generously
liberal construction. This Court has, in turn, liberally construed Plaintiffs claims and objections
because Plaintiff is proceeding pro se. The Court finds that the Magistrate's R & R has
adequately explained why each of Plaintiffs claims lacks merit.
The Court, having reviewed the complaint, the R & R, and Plaintiffs objections to the
R & R, agrees with and ADOPTS the R & R as the order of the Court. The Court summarily
dismisses the complaint, with prejudice and without issuance and service of process.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g), this case counts as a strike. This is Plaintiffs third strike
under the PLRA.I The clerk is directed to only accept future non-habeas filings from Plaintiff if
Plaintiff pays the filing fees in full.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Court Judge
Charleston, South Carolina
1 Plaintiff filed two similarly meritless suits that this Court has dismissed with prejudice: 2: 15-cv4958-RMG and
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