Gardner v. Dial et al
OPINION AND ORDER adopting 34 Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon Baker; granting 23 Motion for Summary Judgment by Warden Coe. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 8/15/2017.(ssam, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Eugene A. Gardner, III, #357996,
) Civil Action No. 2:16-3547-BHH
OPINION AND ORDER
Officer Dial, Darlington County
Detention Center; and Warden Coe,
Darlington County Detention Center,
Eugene A. Gardner, III (“Plaintiff”), proceeding pro se, initiated this civil rights
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Defendants Officer Dial and Warden Coe of
the Darlington County Detention Center (“Defendants”), alleging violations of his
constitutional rights. (ECF No. 1.) In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule
73.02, D.S.C., the action was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon
Baker for pretrial handling and a Report and Recommendation (“Report”). Magistrate
Judge Baker recommends that the Court grant Defendant Warden Coe’s motion for
summary judgment. (ECF No. 23.) The Report (ECF No. 65) sets forth in detail the
relevant facts and standards of law on this matter and the Court incorporates them
STANDARD OF REVIEW
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). 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).
Plaintiff filed an objection (ECF No. 36) to the Report, which the Court has
carefully reviewed. The filing fails to state a specific objection or direct the Court to any
specific error in the Magistrate’s proposed findings and recommendations that
Defendant Warden Coe is entitled to summary judgment on Plaintiff’s claims. Rather,
Plaintiff’s objections merely rehash points raised in his response in opposition to the
motion for summary judgment. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the Court
has conducted a de novo review of the Report and the record. The Court finds Plaintiff’s
objections to be without merit and hereby overrules them. The Report fairly and
accurately summarizes the facts and applies the correct principles of law as they pertain
to Defendant Warden Coe. The Court agrees with the analysis of the Magistrate Judge
and hereby grants Defendant Warden Coe’s motion for summary judgment. Defendant
Officer Dial’s motion to dismiss is still pending before the Court, and Magistrate Judge
Baker will address that motion by way of a separate Report and Recommendation.
For the reasons stated above and by the Magistrate Judge, the Court overrules
Plaintiff’s objections and adopts and incorporates the Magistrate Judge’s Report.
Accordingly, Defendant Coe’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 23) is
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
August 15, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?