Gallop v. United States of America
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The Court adopts the Report and Recommendation. (ECF No. 23 ). Respondent's motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 14 ) is granted and Gallop's petition is dismissed. Further, because Petitioner has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right, a certificate of appealability is DENIED. Signed by Honorable Joseph F Anderson, Jr. on 05/30/2017. (dsto, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Derek Gallop, Jr.,
C/A No. 4:16-3865-JFA-TER
Hector Joyner ,
Derek Gallop, Jr. (“Petitioner” or “Gallop”), proceeding pro se, filed an action pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, seeking certain habeas relief. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and
Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2), D.S.C., the case was referred to the Magistrate Judge. Respondent
then filed a motion to dismiss, or in the alternative, a motion for summary judgment. (ECF No.
14). After receiving a Roseboro Order, Petitioner responded to Respondent’s dispositive motion.
(ECF No. 20).
The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action2 prepared a thorough Report and
Recommendation (“Report”) and opines that Respondent’s motion should be construed as one
Initially, Petitioner named Andrew Mansukhani and the United States of America as
Respondents in this action. However, the only proper respondent in a habeas petition is the
person having custody of the person detained. A prisoner’s custodian is the proper respondent in
a habeas corpus action. Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 434-35, 441 (2004)( the District Court
“may direct the writ to any respondent within its jurisdiction who has legal authority to
effectuate the prisoner’s release.”). Accordingly, the United States is not a proper party pursuant
to 28 U. S.C. §2241. Additionally, Andrew Mansukhani is no longer the warden at FCI Estill.
The new warden is Hector Joyner.
The Magistrate Judge’s review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local
Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(g) (D.S.C.). The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this
court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final
determination remains with the court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The court is
charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report and
for summary judgment and consequently granted. (ECF No. 23). The Report sets forth in detail
the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and this court incorporates those facts and
standards without a recitation.
Gallop was advised of his right to object to the Report, which was entered on the docket
on April 28, 2017. Gallop did respond to the Report (ECF No. 28), but failed to make any
specific objections to the analysis set forth by the Magistrate Judge. Apart from merely rehashing
the same argument asserted in his response to Respondent’s motion for summary judgment 3,
Gallop failed to file any specific objections to the Report. In the absence of specific objections
to the Report of the Magistrate Judge, this court is not required to give an explanation for
adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983).
After carefully reviewing the applicable laws, the record in this case, as well as the
Report, this court finds the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation fairly and accurately summarizes
the facts and applies the correct principles of law. Accordingly, the Court adopts the Report and
Recommendation 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
to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Courts have found that objections that merely rehash arguments previously raised and
addressed by the magistrate judge are insufficient to direct the court to a specific error in the
magistrate judge's Report. See e.g., Baker v. Colvin, Civil Action No. 6:14–cv–240, 2015 WL
3562164, at *3 (D.S.C. June 5, 2015) (citing Nichols v. Colvin, ––– F.Supp.3d ––––, Civil No.
2:14cv50, 2015 WL 1185894, at *8 (E.D.Va. Mar.13, 2015) (finding that rehashing arguments
raised to the magistrate judge does not comply with the requirement to file specific objections);
Campbell v. Hammett, Civil Action No. 7:13–1701–BHH, 2015 WL 1519640, at *1 (D.S.C.
Mar.30, 2015) (“The objections mostly rehash arguments that the Magistrate Judge has already
considered and rejected. Because the court agrees with the Magistrate Judge's treatment of those
issues, it need not discuss them further here.”); Missouri v. Custodian, Greenville Cnty. Pet. Ctr.,
Civil Action No. 8:14–35–MGL–JDA, 2014 WL 4536735, at *1 (D.S.C. Sept.9, 2014) (holding
that because the Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge's analysis, it will not discuss the
petitioner's objections that merely rehash the arguments already considered and rejected by the
Recommendation. (ECF No. 23). Respondent’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 14) is
granted and Gallop’s petition is dismissed.
Further, because Petitioner has failed to make “a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right,” a certificate of appealability is DENIED. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).4
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 30, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.
United States District Judge
A certificate of appealability will not issue absent “a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating
that reasonable jurists would find both that his constitutional claims are debatable and that any
dispositive procedural rulings by the district court are also debatable or wrong. See Miller-El v.
Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Rose v. Lee,
252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir. 2001). In the instant matter, the court finds that the defendant has
failed to make “a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.”
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