Galloway v. Dunlap
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, GRANTING RESPONDENT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, DENYING PETITIONER'S MOTION TO VACATE, AND DENYING THE PETITION: The Court adopts the 26 Report and incorporates it herein. Therefore, it is the the judgment of the Court Respondent's 18 motion for summary judgment is GRANTED, Petitioner's 23 motion to vacate is DENIED, and the Petition is DENIED. To the extent Petitioner requests a certificate of appealability from this Court, that certificate is DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 9/21/2017. (prou, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
HENRY J. GALLOWAY,
WARDEN DAVID DUNLAP,
Civil Action No. 5:17-00878-MGL-KDW
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION,
GRANTING RESPONDENT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT,
DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION TO VACATE, AND DENYING THE PETITION
This action arises under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner is proceeding pro se. The matter is
before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (Report) of the United States
Magistrate Judge suggesting Respondent’s motion for summary judgment be granted, Petitioner’s
motion to vacate be denied, and the Petition be denied. The Report was made in accordance with
28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Civil Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with the
Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (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).
The Magistrate Judge filed the Report on August 14, 2017. ECF No. 26. On September
18, 2017, the Clerk of Court filed Petitioner’s Motion to Appeal for Summary Judgment
(Petitioner’s Memorandum), which the Court construes as Petitioner’s purported objections to the
Report. ECF No. 36.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), a district court is required to conduct a de novo review of
those portions of the Magistrate Judge=s Report to which a specific objection has been made. The
Court need not conduct a de novo review, however, Awhen a party makes general and conclusory
objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the [Magistrate Judge=s] proposed
findings and recommendations.@ Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982); see Fed. R.
Civ. P. 72(b). As provided above, however, the Court need not—and will not—address any of
Petitioner’s arguments that fail to point the Court to alleged specific errors the Magistrate Judge
made in the Report.
“A document filed pro se is ‘to be liberally construed.’” Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89,
94 (2007) (quoting Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976)). Courts are not, however, required
to “conjure up questions never squarely presented to them” or seek out arguments for a party.
Beaudett v. City of Hampton, 775 F.2d 1274, 1278 (4th Cir. 1985).
Even when construed liberally and in the light most favorable to Petitioner, Petitioner’s
Memorandum fails to set forth any specific objections to the Report. Instead, Petitioner’s
Memorandum requests the Court “enter a default judgment against the State of South Carolina for
failing to respond in a timely manner after the Court ordered the State to respond” and vacate
Petitioner’s conviction and sentence. ECF No. 36 at 1. Any meaningful counter to the wellreasoned conclusions in the Report is absent. Moreover, to the extent Petitioner’s Memorandum
constitutes a motion, it is conclusory, unsupported by the law, and without merit in light of the
procedural posture of the case.
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case pursuant to the standard
set forth above, the Court overrules Petitioner’s objections, adopts the Report, and incorporates it
herein. Therefore, it is the judgment of the Court Respondent’s motion for summary judgment is
GRANTED, Petitioner’s motion to vacate is DENIED, and the Petition is DENIED.
To the extent Petitioner requests a certificate of appealability from this Court, that
certificate is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 21st day of September 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina.
s/ Mary Geiger Lewis
MARY GEIGER LEWIS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified of the right to appeal this Order within thirty days from the
date hereof, pursuant to Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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