Washington v. United States et al
ORDER AND OPINION: The Court ADOPTS and incorporates the Report (ECF No. 67 ), by reference into this Order. The matter is returned to Magistrate Judge West for further pretrial proceedings. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 9/29/2017. (prou, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Mrs. Cruz, Warden;
Loranth, Clinical Director;
Massa, Chronic Care Provider;
Lepaine, Clinical Director; and,
Garcia, Chronic Care Provider,
Civil Action No. 5:16-3913-BHH
ORDER AND OPINION
Plaintiff Burl Washington (“Plaintiff”), proceeding pro se at the time, brought this civil
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C § 1983. (ECF. No. 1.) In accordance with 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina, this matter was
referred to United States Magistrate Judge Kaymani D. West for pretrial handling. The
matter is now before this Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (“Report”)
issued by the Magistrate Judge on September 14, 2017 (ECF No. 67). In her Report, the
Magistrate Judge recommends that the Court deny Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary
Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 37) as moot, or, alternatively, on the
merits. (See ECF No. 67.) Plaintiff filed objections to the Report on September 26, 2017.
(ECF Nos. 74 & 75.)
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court.
recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final
determination remains with the Court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The
Court is charged with making a de novo determination of any portion of the Report of the
Magistrate Judge to which a specific objection is made. The Court may accept, reject, or
modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation made by the Magistrate Judge or recommit
the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). In the
absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but
instead 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 & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310,
315 (4th Cir. 2005).
In his objections, Plaintiff concedes that his Motion for Temporary Restraining
Order/Preliminary Injunction is moot and should be denied on that ground. (See ECF No.
75 at 1-2.) Nevertheless, Plaintiff argues that the Report improperly makes statements and
findings about the medical treatment Plaintiff is currently receiving at FCI Edgefield
because such medical treatment was not, and could not, have been at issue in Plaintiff’s
Motion, which was filed before Plaintiff arrived at FCI Edgefield. (Id. at 2.) Plaintiff’s
concern is that should he decide to seek temporary relief in the future based upon the facts
and circumstances as they may exist at FCI Edgefield, statements from the Report could
be used to improperly foreclose review of any such relief. (Id.)
After de novo review, the Court finds no error in the Report. Plaintiff’s Motion for
Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 37) is DENIED as moot. The
Magistrate Judge’s analysis of the Plaintiff’s current medical treatment is construed in light
of the purpose of the Report, which was to address Plaintiff’s Motion only. That analysis
will not limit or foreclose any relief Plaintiff seeks in the future based upon facts and
circumstances as they may exist at FCI Edgefield. Plaintiff’s objections are overruled.
Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS and incorporates the Report (ECF No. 67), by reference
into this Order. The matter is returned to Magistrate Judge West for further pretrial
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
September 29, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified that any right to appeal this Order is governed by
Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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