Brooks v. Thomas
ORDER ADOPTING 17 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, granting 10 Respondent's Motion to Dismiss. This petition is dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 10/23/2015. (abuc) Modified to edit text on 10/26/2015 (abuc).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COOR"1.VFD CLtHK'S OFFICE
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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Marcus Brooks, #04755-036,
No. 6: 15-2963-RMG .
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation ("R&R") of the
Magistrate Judge, recommending that Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 be
dismissed without prejudice because the proper procedure for asserting his habeas claim under
Johnson v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015) is through a motion to vacate before his
sentencing court in the District of Maine under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. (Dkt. No. 17). Petitioner was
advised of his right to file objections to the R & R and a failure to timely file objections would
result in limited review by the District Court and waiver of the right to appeal the judgment of
the District Court. (Dkt. No. 17 at 3). Petitioner responded to the R & R by acknowledging his
error and informing the Magistrate Judge of his intention to petition his sentencing court pursuant
to § 2255. (Dkt. No. 14). The Magistrate Judge recommended that Respondent's motion to
dismiss (Dkt. No. 10) be granted without prejudice.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the
Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). The Court may "accept, reject, or
modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate." 28
U.S.c. § 636(b)(l). This Court is charged with making a de novo determination of those
portions of the R & R to which objection is made. Diamond v. Colonial Life & Ace. Ins. Co.,
416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l»; accord Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b).
However, as is the case here, where no objections are made, this Court "must only satisfy itself
that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." Id.
(quoting Fed. R. Civ. P 72 advisory committee note). Moreover, in the absence of specific
objections to the R & R, the Court need not give any explanation for adopting the Magistrate
Judge's analysis and recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199-200 (4th Cir.
After a careful review of the R & R, the record evidence and the applicable statutory and
case law, the Court finds that the Magistrate Judge ably addressed the factual and legal issues in
this matter and correctly concluded that this matter should be dismissed without prejudice.
Therefore, the Court ADOPTS in full the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation (Dkt.
No. 17) as the order of this Court, GRANTS Respondent's motion to dismiss (Dkt. No. 10) and
hereby DISMISSES this petition without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Richard Mark Gergel
United States District Judge
Charleston, South Carolina
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