Gibson v. Wright et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The court agrees with, and wholly ADOPTS, the magistrate judge's findings and recommendations in the Report (ECF No. 60 ), which is incorporated herein by reference. Accordingly, the court GRANTS Defendants' motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 50 ). Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on 3/31/2031. (gnan )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Timothy W. Gibson a/k/a Timothy )
Wayne Gibson #266027 a/k/a Timothy )
Wayne Gibson #146113,
Chuck Wright, Christy Barber, Kathy )
White, Mary King, Lucy Sparver, and )
Civil Action No. 5:20-cv-1949-TMC
Plaintiff Timothy W. Gibson, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis,
filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF Nos. 1; 2; 11). In accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(d) (D.S.C.), this matter was referred to a magistrate
judge for all pretrial proceedings. On October 30, 2020, Defendants filed a joint motion for
summary judgment. (ECF No. 50). On December 3, 2020, Plaintiff filed both a response in
opposition to Defendants’ motion (ECF No. 54) and a motion for an extension of time to file a
response (ECF No. 55). The court granted Plaintiff’s motion, allowing him thirty (30) days to file
a supplemental response and noting that, if Plaintiff failed to file a supplemental response within
the time permitted, the court would consider Plaintiff’s response (ECF No. 54) in determining the
merits of the pending motion for summary judgment. (ECF No. 56). Despite the additional time
allotted, Plaintiff filed no further response to Defendants’ motion.
Now before the court is the magistrate judge’s Report and Recommendation (“Report”),
recommending that the court grant Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. (ECF No. 60).
The Report was mailed to Plaintiff at the address he provided the court, (ECF No. 61), and has not
been returned as undeliverable. Therefore, Plaintiff is presumed to have received the Report.
Plaintiff was advised of his right to file specific objections to the Report, (ECF No. 60-1), but
failed to do so. The time for Plaintiff to object to the Report has now expired, and this matter is
ripe for review.
The magistrate judge’s recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility
for making a final determination remains with the United States District Court. Wimmer v. Cook,
774 F.2d 68, 72 (4th Cir. 1985) (quoting Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–71 (1976)).
Nevertheless, “[t]he district court is only required to review de novo those portions of the report to
which specific objections have been made, and need not conduct de novo review ‘when 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.’” Farmer v. McBride, 177 Fed.
App’x 327, 330–31 (4th Cir. April 26, 2006) (quoting Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th
Cir. 1982)). The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation
made by the magistrate judge or recommit the matter with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
However, in the absence of specific objections to the Report and Recommendation, this Court is
not required to give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. Greenspan v. Brothers
Prop. Corp., 103 F. Supp. 3d 734, 737 (D.S.C. 2015) (citing Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199–
200 (4th Cir. 1983)).
Thus, having reviewed the Report and the record and, finding no clear error, the court
agrees with, and wholly ADOPTS, the magistrate judge’s findings and recommendations in the
Report (ECF No. 60), which is incorporated herein by reference. Accordingly, the court GRANTS
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 50).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
Anderson, South Carolina
March 31, 2021
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified of the right to appeal this order pursuant to Rules 3 and 4
of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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