Welch v. Scaturo et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION adopts the Report andRecommendation 51 and grants Plaintiffs motion to dismiss his case 42 .Furthermore, Plaintiffs motion for removal 25 , Defendant Wilsons motion todismiss for failure to state a claim 33 , and Defendant Swans motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim 37 are deemed moot. Signed by Honorable Joseph F Anderson, Jr on 1/19/2017. (gpre, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Adam Lee Welch,
C/A No. 8:16-2313-JFA-JDA
Holly Scaturo, Director; Mrs. Kimberly
Poholchuk, B.M.C. Program Director; Ms.
Cynthia Helff, B.M.C.; Dr. Kelly Gothard; Dr.
Gordon Brown, Psychologist; Dr. Rozanna
Trass, Psychologist; Dr. Amy Swan,
Psychologist; Ms. Marie Gehle, Evaluator; Dr.
Donna Schwartz-Watts, Psychologist; Capt.
Frank Abney, P.S.O. Supervisor; Mr. Galen
Sanders, Chief Nursing Administrator; Mr.
Harold Alexander, R.N.; Ms. Charlene
Hickman, R.N.; Dr. John McGill, Director of
Department of Mental Health; Mr. Allen
Wilson, Attorney General,
On or about June 27, 2016, Adam Lee Welch (“Plaintiff”) filed this action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983 against Defendants. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil Rule
73.02(B)(2), D.S.C., the case was referred to the Magistrate Judge. The majority of Defendants
were served between August 3, 2016, and August 4, 2016; however, Amy Swan was served on
August 10, 2016, and Charlene Hickman was never served. ECF Nos. 22, 23, 27, 29, 51. On
August 23, 2016, all Defendants—except Defendants Wilson, Swan, and Hickman—filed an
answer. ECF No. 30. On August 25, 2016, Defendant Wilson filed a motion to dismiss for failure
to state a claim. ECF No. 33. On September 1, 2016, Defendant Swan filed a motion to dismiss
for failure to state a claim. ECF No. 37. After each motion to dismiss, the Magistrate Judge issued
an order pursuant to Roseboro v. Garrison, 528 F.2d 309 (4th Cir. 1975), explaining the
importance of Defendant Wilson and Defendant Swan’s motions to dismiss and providing Plaintiff
with thirty-four days to file adequate responses in opposition to the motions. ECF No. 35, 38. On
September 14, 2016, Plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss his suit. ECF No. 42. All Defendants, who
previously answered, filed a response agreeing to dismissal of the suit. ECF No. 45.
The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action1 prepared a thorough Report and
Recommendation (“Report”) and opines that this Court should grant Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss
and deem the remaining motions moot.2 ECF No. 51. The Report sets forth in detail the relevant
facts and standards of law on this matter, and this Court incorporates those facts and standards
without a recitation. The parties were advised of their right to object to the Report, which was
entered on the docket on December 6, 2016. ECF Nos. 51–52. The Magistrate Judge gave the
parties until December 20, 2016, to file objections; however, no objections were filed. Id. Thus,
this matter is ripe for the Court’s review.
The Court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report
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). In the absence of specific objections to the Report
of the Magistrate Judge, this Court is not required to give an explanation for adopting the
recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983).
The Magistrate Judge’s review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil Rule
73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.). 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).
Thus, Plaintiff’s “motion for removal” of a policy allegedly implemented by Defendants (ECF No. 25)
and both of Defendant Wilson and Defendant Swan’s motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim would
be rendered moot (ECF Nos. 33, 37).
After carefully reviewing the applicable laws, the record in this case, as well as the Report,
this Court finds the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation fairly and accurately summarizes the facts
and applies the correct principles of law. Accordingly, the Court adopts the Report and
Recommendation (ECF No. 51) and grants Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss his case (ECF No. 42).
Furthermore, Plaintiff’s “motion for removal” (ECF No. 25), Defendant Wilson’s motion to
dismiss for failure to state a claim (ECF No. 33), and Defendant Swan’s motion to dismiss for
failure to state a claim (ECF No. 37) are deemed moot.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
January 19, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.
United States District Judge
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