Alexander v. Cartledge
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 49 . ORDERED that Respondents motion for summary judgment, docket number 12 , is granted, and the habeas petition, docket number 1 , is denied. It is further ORDERED that Petitioners motion for default judgment, docket number 15 , is denied, and Petitioners motion for summary judgment, docket number 16 , is denied. It is further ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is denied because Petitioner has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Signed by Honorable Henry M Herlong, Jr on 2/1/2017. (kric, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
John Douglas Alexander, #194748,
Leroy Cartledge, Warden,
C.A. No. 6:16-600-HMH-KFM
OPINION & ORDER
This matter is before the court for review of the Report and Recommendation of United
States Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McDonald, 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. See 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 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.
See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) (2006).
The 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 give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198,
199 (4th Cir. 1983). The court 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).
After a thorough review of the Report and Recommendation and the record in this case,
the court adopts Magistrate Judge McDonald’s Report and Recommendation and incorporates
it herein. It is therefore
ORDERED that Respondent’s motion for summary judgment, docket number 12, is
granted, and the habeas petition, docket number 1, is denied. It is further
ORDERED that Petitioner’s motion for default judgment, docket number 15, is
denied, and Petitioner’s motion for summary judgment, docket number 16, is denied. It is
ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is denied because Petitioner has failed to
make “a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Henry M. Herlong, Jr.
Senior United States District Judge
Greenville, South Carolina
February 1, 2017
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The Petitioner is hereby notified that he has the right to appeal this order within thirty
(30) days from the date hereof, pursuant to Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate
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