Mitchell v. McFadden
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The Court adopts and incorporates the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 14 ) by reference into this order. It is therefore ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 4/17/2017. (mcot, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Civil Action No.: 5:17-105-BHH
Opinion and Order
This matter is before the Court upon the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation (“Report”) (ECF No. 14), which recommends that the § 2254 petition
be dismissed without prejudice. For the reasons set forth below, the Court agrees with
the Report and dismisses the petition without prejudice.
Petitioner, Robert Mitchell, a state prisoner confined at Lieber Correctional
Institution, Ridgeville, South Carolina, who is proceeding pro se, brought this action
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (ECF No. 1.)
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(d)
(D.S.C.), the case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Kaymani D. West. On March 6,
2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending that the § 2254 petition be
dismissed without prejudice . Petitioner was granted an extension of time, but has filed
no objections and the time for doing so expired on April 10, 2016.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the district court. The
recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final
determination remains with the district 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) (“[D]e novo
review [is] unnecessary in . . . situations when a party makes general and conclusory
objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed
findings and recommendation.”). Furthermore, 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).
After a careful review of the record, the applicable law, and the Report of the
Magistrate Judge, the Court finds no clear error. Accordingly, the Court adopts and
incorporates the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 14) by reference into this
order. It is therefore ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
April 17, 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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