Stockton v. United States of America
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The R&R 17 is ACCEPTED, and summary judgment is hereby GRANTED in favor of Defendant. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Chief Judge Terry L Wooten on 03/01/2017. (dsto, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Case No. 4:16-cv-01393-TLW
Warden FCI Williamsburg,
Plaintiff Kiias Stockton, proceeding pro se, filed this petition seeking habeas corpus relief
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. ECF No. 1. The matter now comes before the Court for review of
a Report and Recommendation (R&R) filed on September 8, 2016, by Magistrate Judge Rogers,
to whom this case was assigned. ECF No. 17. In the R&R, the magistrate judge recommends that
summary judgment be granted in favor of Defendant and that Plaintiff’s petition be dismissed.
ECF No. 17. Plaintiff filed objections to the R&R on September 27, 2016. ECF No. 19. This
matter is now ripe for decision.
In reviewing the R&R, the Court applies the following standard:
The magistrate judge makes only a recommendation to the Court, to which any
party may file written objections . . . . The Court is not bound by the
recommendation of the magistrate judge but, instead, retains responsibility for the
final determination. The Court is required to make a de novo determination of those
portions of the report or specified findings or recommendation as to which an
objection is made. However, the Court is not required to review, under a de novo
or any other standard, the factual or legal conclusions of the magistrate judge as to
those portions of the report and recommendation to which no objections are
addressed. While the level of scrutiny entailed by the Court's review of the Report
thus depends on whether or not objections have been filed, in either case the Court
is free, after review, to accept, reject, or modify any of the magistrate judge's
findings or recommendations.
Wallace v. Hous. Auth. of City of Columbia, 791 F. Supp. 137, 138 (D.S.C. 1992) (citations
In light of the standard set forth in Wallace, the Court has reviewed, de novo, the R&R and
the objections. Plaintiff objects to the R&R because he asserts that he has a right to self-defense
and accordingly should not lose good time credits when asserting that right. ECF No. 19. As
Defendant asserts in its brief, ECF No. 11 at 11–12, there is no right to self-defense in prison
disciplinary proceedings. Jones v. Cross, 637 F.3d 841, 848 (7th Cir. 2011) (“[I]nmates do not
have a constitutional right to raise self-defense as a defense in the context of prison disciplinary
proceedings.”); see also Acosta v. Owens, No. 6:12-cv-01303-MGL-KFM, 2012 WL 7177142, at
*4 (D.S.C. Dec. 28, 2012), adopted by, No. 6:12-cv-1303-DCN, 2013 WL 652557 (D.S.C. Feb.
21, 2013), aff'd, 539 F. App'x 214 (4th Cir. 2013). Accordingly, Plaintiff’s objections are
After careful review of the R&R and the objections, for the reasons stated by the magistrate
judge and the reasons set forth in this opinion, the R&R is ACCEPTED, and summary judgment
is hereby GRANTED in favor of Defendant.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Terry L. Wooten
Terry L. Wooten
Chief United States District Judge
March 1, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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