Robinson v. Broadwater et al
ORDER adopting and incorporating 9 Report and Recommendation and dismissing this action without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 1/23/2017. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
James Paul Robinson, #250720,
Thomas D. Broadwater, Sr.; Lake Erick
Summers; and Honorable Edward B.
Civil Action No.: 8:16-3663-BHH
ORDER AND OPINION
Plaintiff James Paul Robinson(“Plantiff”), proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis,
filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff has brought suit against three
individuals alleging they violated his constitutional rights, and is seeking monetary damages
and injunctive relief. (ECF No. 1.) This matter is before the Court for review of the Report
and Recommendation (“Report”) of United States Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges made
in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02 for the District of South
On November 29, 2016, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending that
this case be dismissed without prejudice and without service of process. (ECF No. 9.)
Plaintiff filed objections (ECF No. 11) to the Report on December 9, 2016.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The
recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility for making a final
determination remains with the Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (1976). The
Court must make a de novo determination of those portions of the Report, or specified
proposed findings or recommendations to which specific objection is made. 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1)(C). The Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the Report or
may recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. Id. 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). De novo review is also “unnecessary in . . . situations when a party makes general
and conclusory objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the magistrate’s
proposed findings and recommendations.” Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir.
In reviewing these pleadings, the Court is mindful of the plaintiff’s pro se status. This
Court is charged with liberally construing the pleadings of a pro se litigant. See, e.g.,
De’Lonta v. Angelone, 330 F.3d 630, 633 (4th Cir. 2003). The requirement of a liberal
construction does not mean, however, that the Court can ignore a plaintiff’s clear failure to
allege facts that set forth a cognizable claim, or that the Court must assume the existence
of a genuine issue of material fact where none exists. See United States v. Wilson, 699
F.3d 789, 797 (4th Cir. 2012).
Plaintiff filed objections (ECF No. 11) to the Report, which the Court has carefully
reviewed. The objections fail to state a specific objection or direct the Court to any specific
error in the Magistrate Judge’s proposed findings and recommendations. Rather, Plaintiff’s
rambling objections seek to bolster, in unsupported fashion, the merit of Plaintiff’s § 1983
claim and, apparently, add a slew of new legal theories/claims. The Report fairly and
accurately summarizes the facts and applies the correct principles of law, and the Court
agrees with the analysis of the Magistrate Judge. Plaintiff has not stated a cognizable §
1983 claim pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S.
477 (1994), because he is seeking to recover damages for allegedly unconstitutional
conviction, imprisonment, or other harm whose unlawfullness would render his conviction
or imprisonment invalid, without having first shown that his conviction or sentence has been
invalidated. Id. at 486-87.
For the reasons stated above and by the Magistrate Judge, the Court overrules
Plaintiff’s objections, and adopts and incorporates by reference the Magistrate Judge’s
Report. Accordingly, this action is DISMISSED without prejudice and without issuance and
service of process.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
January 23, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified that any right to appeal this Order is governed by
Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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