Johnson v. McFadden
ORDER: The court adopts the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation and incorporates it herein. (ECF No. 10 .) Therefore, the court summarily dismisses Petitioner's Petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for Writ of Habeas Corpus (ECF No. 1 ) without prejudice for failure to obtain authorization from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prior to filing a successive habeas corpus petition. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Honorable J Michelle Childs on 6/1/2017. (prou, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Civil Case No.: 5:17-cv-01026-JMC
Pro Se Petitioner Mason Johnson (“Petitioner”) is an inmate at Lieber Correctional
Institution in the South Carolina Department of Corrections (“SCDC”). On April 20, 2017,
Petitioner filed a Petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for Writ of Habeas Corpus challenging his
convictions for second-degree burglary and grand larceny in 2010 at York County, South Carolina.
(ECF No. 1.)
The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation, filed on May 10, 2017, determined
that this is Petitioner’s second and successive petition because it raises claims against the validity
of his 2010 conviction in York County that could have been brought in the first habeas corpus
petition. (ECF No. 10 at 4.) The Magistrate Judge further found that Petitioner’s second petition
should be dismissed as successive because he previously filed a habeas corpus petition based on
his 2010 York County second-degree burglary and grand larceny convictions, and that petition
was dismissed by the court “with prejudice” for failure to prosecute pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
(ECF No. 10 at 4.) The Report and Recommendation sets forth in detail the relevant facts and
legal standards on this matter, and the court incorporates the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation
herein without a recitation.
The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1) 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 this 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 and Recommendation to which specific objections are made, and the court may
accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation or recommit
the matter with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Petitioner was advised of his right to file objections to the Report and Recommendation
(ECF No. 10 at 6.) However, Petitioner filed no objections to the Report and Recommendation.
In the absence of objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation, this court is
not required to provide an explanation for adopting the recommendation. Camby v. Davis, 718
F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983). Rather, “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) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s
note). Furthermore, failure to file specific written objections to the Report and Recommendation
results in a party’s waiver of the right to appeal from the judgment of the District Court based upon
such recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); Wright v.
Collins, 766 F.2d 841 (4th Cir. 1985); United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91 (4th Cir. 1984).
After a thorough review of the Report and Recommendation and the record in this case,
the court adopts the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation and incorporates it herein.
(ECF No. 10.) Therefore, the court summarily dismisses Petitioner’s Petition under 28 U.S.C. §
2254 for Writ of Habeas Corpus (ECF No. 1) without prejudice for failure to obtain authorization
from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prior to filing a successive habeas
IT IS SO ORDERED.
J. Michelle Childs
United States District Judge
June 1, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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