Holloway v. Stevenson
ORDER ADOPTING 40 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re 15 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Warden Stevenson. It is ORDERED that Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (ECF No. 1) is DENIED and Respondent's Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 15) is GRANTED. Signed by Honorable J Michelle Childs on 7/27/2017. (abuc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Asherdon Fari Holloway,
Civil Action No.: 8:16-cv-03023-JMC
This matter comes before the court on Pro se Petitioner Asherdon Fari Holloway’s
(“Petitioner”) Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (hereafter
“Petition”). Petitioner alleges that his plea counsel was ineffective for “failing to object to the
murder sentence handed down as excessive, disproportionate, and the result of passion and
prejudice” (ECF No. 1 at 5-7.) Petitioner further contends that his plea counsel was ineffective “for
failing to ask the consecutive sentences handed down by court be ran concurrent since this was
entirely in the discretion of the Court.” (Id.) On November, 16, 2016, Respondent filed a Motion
for Summary Judgment. (ECF No. 15.)
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02, the matter was referred to
United States Magistrate Judge Jacquelyn D. Austin for pre-trial handling. On July 11, 2017, the
Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation recommending the court to grant
Respondent’s Motion for Summary Judgement and deny Petitioner’s Petition. (ECF No. 40.) The
Magistrate Judge determined that Petitioner failed to demonstrate that his plea counsel’s
representation was below the objective standard of reasonableness or that Petitioner was prejudiced.
(ECF No. 40 at 20.) The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and legal standards on this
matter which the court incorporates herein without a recitation.
The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina. “The Court is not bound
by the recommendation of the magistrate judge but, instead, retains responsibility for the final
determination.” Wallace v. Hous. Auth., 791 F. Supp. 137, 138 (D.S.C. 1992) (citing Matthews v.
Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 271 (1976)). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of
those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which specific objections are made, and the
court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation or
recommit the matter with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Petitioner was advised of his right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 40 at 22.)
However, Petitioner filed no objections to the Report. In the absence of objections to the Magistrate
Judge's Report, this court is not required to provide an explanation for adopting the recommendation.
See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983). Rather, "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.'" Diamond
v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72
advisory committee's note). Furthermore, failure to file specific written objections to the Report
results in a party's waiver of the right to appeal from the judgment of the District Court based upon
such recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); Wright v.
Collins, 766 F.2d 841 (4th Cir. 1985); United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91 (4th Cir. 1984).
After a thorough review of the Report and Recommendation and the record in this case, the
court adopts the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation and incorporates it herein. (ECF
No. 40.) It is therefore ORDERED that Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (ECF No. 1) is DENIED and Respondent’s Motion for Summary Judgment
(ECF No. 15) is GRANTED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
July 27, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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