Graves v. United States of America
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 4 . The petition, ECF No. 1, is hereby characterized as a habeas petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and reassigned to the sentencing judge. Signed by Chief Judge Terry L Wooten on 1/12/2017. (kric, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
John Wesley Graves,
United States of America,
Civil Action No.: 6:16-cv-3734-TLW
Petitioner John Wesley Graves (“Petitioner”), proceeding pro se, filed the instant habeas
petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. ECF No. 1. He argues that his counsel was ineffective for
failing to advise him that, under the terms of his plea agreement, a change in the law would not
modify his sentence. Id at 3. This matter is before the Court for review of the Report and
Recommendation (“the Report”) filed on December 6, 2016 by United States Magistrate Judge
Kevin F. McDonald, to whom this case had previously been assigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(c), D.S.C. ECF No. 4. In the Report, the
Magistrate Judge recommends characterizing the instant action as a § 2255 petition and reassigning
the case to the sentencing judge. Id. Objections were due on December 20, 2016, but Petitioner
did not object to the Report. The matter is now ripe for disposition.
The Court is charged with conducting a de novo review of any portion of the Report to
which a specific objection is registered, and may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the
recommendations contained therein. 28 U.S.C. § 636. However, in the absence of objections to
the Report, the Court is not required to give any explanation for adopting the Magistrate Judge’s
recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 200 (4th Cir. 1983). In such a case, “a
district court need not conduct a de novo review, but instead 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 & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72
advisory committee’s note).
In light of this standard, the Court has carefully reviewed the Report, the relevant filings,
and the applicable law and notes that Petitioner has not filed objections to the Report. After careful
consideration, the Court accepts the legal analysis by the Magistrate Judge in the Report. It is
hereby ORDERED that the Report, ECF No. 4, is ACCEPTED. For the reasons articulated by
the Magistrate Judge, the petition, ECF No. 1, is hereby characterized as a habeas petition pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and reassigned to the sentencing judge.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Terry L. Wooten_____________
TERRY L. WOOTEN
Chief United States District Judge
January 11, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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