Jefferson v. Warden of Lee Correctional Institution
ORDER adopting 47 Report and Recommendation. Accordingly, Respondent's 24 Motion for summary judgment is granted. It is further ordered that a certificate of appealability is denied. Signed by Honorable Joseph F Anderson, Jr on 3/18/14. (kmca)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Richard A. Jefferson,
Warden of Lee Correctional Institution,
C/A No. 8:13-593-JFA-JDA
The pro se petitioner, Richard A. Jefferson, is an inmate with the South Carolina
Department of Corrections. He brings this action pursuant 28 U.S.C. § 2254 challenging his
1989 convictions for murder and other crimes.
The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action1 has prepared a Report and
Recommendation and opines that the respondent’s motion for summary judgment2 should
be granted. The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this
matter, and the court incorporates such without a recitation.
The parties were advised of their right to file objections to the Report and
The Magistrate Judge’s review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule
73.02. 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 (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 to the
Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
An order was issued pursuant to Roseboro v. Garrison, 528 F.2d 309 (4th Cir. 1975) notifying petitioner
of the summary dismissal procedure and possible consequences if he failed to adequately respond to the
motion for summary judgment. Petitioner responded to the motion.
Recommendation which was entered on the docket on February 7, 2013. Neither party filed
objections to the Report.
In the absence of specific objections to the Report of the
Magistrate Judge, 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 Magistrate Judge opines that the petition is untimely by approximately sixteen
years and that the petitioner is not entitled to equitable tolling. This court agrees.
After a careful review of the record, the applicable law, and the Report and
Recommendation, the court adopts the Magistrate Judge’s Report and incorporates it herein
by reference. Accordingly, the respondent’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 24)
It is further ordered that a certificate of appealability is denied because the petitioner
has failed to make “a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.” 28 U.S.C.
A certificate of appealability will not issue absent “a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional
right.” 28 U .S.C. § 2253(c)(2) (West 2009). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that
reasonable jurists would find both that his constitutional claims are debatable and that any dispositive
procedural rulings by the district court are also debatable or wrong. See Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322,
336 (2003); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir.2001).
In the instant matter, the court finds that the defendant has failed to make “a substantial showing of the denial
of a constitutional right.”
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.
United States District Judge
March 18, 2014
Columbia, South Carolina
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