Pilcher v. Burtt et al

Filing 66

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 63 Report and Recommendations, that plaintiff's 34 Motion for Default Judgment filed by Eddie James Pilcher, Jr, is Denied and this matter is recommitted to the Magistrate Judge for further proceedings. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 9/9/08. (kmca)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA GREENWOOD DIVISION Eddie James Pilcher, Jr., #303616, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) Stan Burt, Adrian Martell, Darryl King, ) Class Thompson, Lt. Terrence Forde, ) Investigator Powell, Officers Rodgers, ) Guinn, Corbet and Medical Personnel ) Nurse Dunn, ) ) Defendants. ) ___________________________________ ) C/A NO. 8:07-4076-CMC-BHH ORDER This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's pro se complaint, filed in this court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636(b) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 (B)(2)(d), DSC, this matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks for pre-trial proceedings and a Report and Recommendation ("Report"). On July 24, 2008, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending that Plaintiff's motion for default judgment against Defendant Dunn be denied. The Magistrate Judge advised Plaintiff of the procedures and requirements for filing objections to the Report and the serious consequences if he failed to do so. Plaintiff has filed no objections and the time for doing so has expired. 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. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of any portion of the Report of the Magistrate Judge to which a specific objection is made. The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation made by the Magistrate Judge or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. 636(b). The court reviews the Report only for clear error in the absence of an objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that "in the absence of a timely filed objection, 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.") (citation omitted). After reviewing the record of this matter, the applicable law, and the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, the court agrees with the conclusions of the Magistrate Judge. Accordingly, the court adopts and incorporates the Report and Recommendation by reference in this Order. Plaintiff's motion for default judgment (Dkt. # 34) is denied. This matter is recommitted to the Magistrate Judge for further proceedings. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/ Cameron McGowan Currie CAMERON MCGOWAN CURRIE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Columbia, South Carolina September 9, 2008 2

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