Henry v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER adopting 14 Report and Recommendation. Signed by Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy on March 13, 2018.(jmcg, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting
Commissioner of the Social Security
C.A. No.: 2:16-cv-3884-PMD-MGB
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff Ivory Henry’s objection to United States
Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon Baker’s report and recommendation (“R & R”) (ECF Nos. 16 &
14). The Magistrate Judge recommends that the Commissioner’s decision be affirmed. For the
reasons stated herein, the Court overrules Henry’s objection and adopts the R & R.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The R & R has no
presumptive weight, and the responsibility for making a final determination remains with the
Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–71 (1976). Parties may make written objections to
the Magistrate Judge’s recommendations and proposed findings within fourteen days after being
served with a copy of the R & R. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). This Court must conduct a de novo
review of any portion of the R & R to which a specific objection is made, and the Court may
accept, reject, or modify the Magistrate Judge’s findings and recommendations in whole or in part.
Id. Additionally, the Court may recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions.
Id. A party’s failure to object is taken as the party’s agreement with the Magistrate Judge’s
conclusions. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 151–52 (1985). Absent a timely, specific
objection—or as to those portions of the R & R to which no specific objection is made—this Court
“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 & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir.
2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note).
Henry raises only one objection to the R & R. Specifically, he argues that the ALJ
improperly concluded that his mental impairments were not severe. As a result, the ALJ did not
include those impairments in combination with his other impairments when assessing his residual
functional capacity (“RFC”). Henry raised this exact same argument before the Magistrate Judge.
Accordingly, it is not a proper objection. See, e.g., Anderson v. Dobson, 627 F. Supp. 2d 619, 623
(W.D.N.C. 2007) (“An ‘objection’ that . . . simply summarizes what has been presented before, is
not an ‘objection’ as that term is used in this context.” (citation and quotation marks omitted)).
Moreover, the Court fully agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s analysis and independently
concludes that the ALJ’s decision is supported by substantial evidence. Accordingly, the Court
overrules Henry’s objection and adopts the Magistrate Judge’s R & R as its own opinion.
For the reasons stated herein, it is ORDERED that Henry’s objection is OVERRULED,
that the R & R is ADOPTED, and that the Commissioner’s decision is AFFIRMED.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
March 13, 2018
Charleston, South Carolina
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