Rivera v. Warden Tyger River Correctional Institution
ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION AND DISMISSING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS: After a thorough review of the 16 Report and the record in this case pursuant to the stand ard set forth above, the Court overrules Petitioner's objection, adopts the Report, and incorporates it herein. Therefore, it is the judgment of this Court Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. 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 9/27/2017. (prou, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
WARDEN, TYGER RIVER
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:17-CV-02011-MGL
ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
AND DISMISSING WITHOUT PREJUDICE
PLAINTIFF=S PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
This case was filed as a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 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 the Petition for Writ
of Habeas Corpus be dismissed without prejudice. 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 Court need not conduct a de novo review, however, Awhen a party makes general and
conclusory objections that do not direct the [C]ourt 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). Thus, the Court will address each specific objection to the Report in
turn. As provided above, however, the Court need notBand will notBaddress any arguments that
fail to point the Court to alleged specific errors the Magistrate Judge made in the Report.
The Magistrate Judge filed the Report on September 11, 2017, and the Clerk of Court
entered Petitioner=s objections to the Report on September 25, 2017. The Court lacks jurisdiction
over the Petition, and having reviewed the objections, finds them without merit. Therefore, the
Court will enter judgment accordingly.
The Magistrate Judge notes Petitioner previously filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
in this Court. The instant petition is thus Petitioner=s second Petition under 28 U.S.C. ' 2254, and
Petitioner has neglected to seek leave from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit to file the instant petition as required under 28 U.S.C. ' 2244(b)(3)(A). For that reason,
the Magistrate Judge recommends dismissing the Petition without prejudice.
Petitioner filed a Response to the Report captioned AResponse to Report and
Recommendation and Motion to [Set] Aside,@ which was construed by the Clerk as an Objection
to the Report. ECF No. 18 at 1. In his Objection, Petitioner asks this Court Ato set aside his
Petition, and grant him leave to submit his request for permission from the Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals to file his second habeas Petition.@ Id. at 2. Petitioner notes he Ahereby objects to [page
four of] the . . . Report and Recommendation . . . . And hereby makes his Motion to [set] aside his
Petition on the basis to properly submit his Petition under the Rule of Constitutional law.@ Id.
As a preliminary matter, the Court notes it lacks jurisdiction to consider a successive
Petition under 28 U.S.C. ' 2254 when the Fourth Circuit has failed to pre-authorize filing the
successive petition. United States v. Winestock, 340 F.3d 200, 205 (4th Cir. 2003). Even if the
Court had jurisdiction over the instant Petition, though Petitioner purports to object to the Report,
he provides no specific objection. For those reasons, Petitioner=s objection will be overruled.
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 objection, adopts the Report, and incorporates it
herein. Therefore, it is the judgment of this Court Petitioner=s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254 is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
To the extent Petitioner requests a certificate of appealability from this Court, that
certificate is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 27 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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