Davis v. South Carolina Department of Corrections et al

Filing 31

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS of Magistrate Judge Catoe denying petitioner's motion for default judgment. Signed by Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy on 5/4/10. (chub, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Joe Davis, #275440, Petitioner, vs. Warden Levern Cohen, Ridgeland CI, Respondent. ) C.A. #6:09-3329-PMD-WMC ) ) ) ) ORDER ) ) ) ) ) ) The above-captioned case is before this court upon the magistrate judge's recommendation that petitioner's motion for default judgment be denied. Because petitioner is pro se, this matter was referred to the magistrate judge.1 This Court is charged with conducting a de novo review of any portion of the magistrate judge's report to which a specific objection is registered, and may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendations contained in that report. 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1). However, absent prompt objection by a dissatisfied party, it appears that Congress did not intend for the district court to review the factual and legal conclusions of the magistrate judge. Thomas v Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985). Additionally, any party who fails to file timely, written objections to the magistrate judge's report pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1) waives the right to raise those objections at the appellate court level. United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91 (4th Cir. 1984).2 No objections have been filed Pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 United States Code, 636(b)(1)(B), and Local Rule 73.02(B)(2)(c), D.S.C., the magistrate judge is authorized to review all pretrial matters and submit findings and recommendations to this Court. 1 In Wright v. Collins, 766 F.2d 841 (4th Cir. 1985), the court held "that a pro se litigant must receive fair notification of the consequences of failure to object to a magistrate judge's 2 to the magistrate judge's report. A review of the record indicates that the magistrate judge's report accurately summarizes this case and the applicable law. For the reasons articulated by the magistrate judge it is hereby ordered that petitioner's motion for default judgment [Doc. 13] is DENIED. The case is referred back to Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe for further proceedings. ORDERED, that the magistrate judge's report and recommendation is adopted as the order of this Court. AND IT IS SO ORDERED. May 4, 2010 Charleston, South Carolina report before such a procedural default will result in waiver of the right to appeal. The notice must be 'sufficiently understandable to one in appellant's circumstances fairly to appraise him of what is required.'" Id. at 846. Plaintiff was advised in a clear manner that his objections had to be filed within ten (10) days, and he received notice of the consequences at the appellate level of his failure to object to the magistrate judge's report. 2

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