Cox v. South Carolina, State of
ORDER adopting 12 Report and Recommendation. Petitioner's habeas petition is DISMISSED without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file an answer or return. The court imposes a pre-filing injunction and declines to issue a certificate of appealability. Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on 6/26/2017.(abuc) Modified on 6/27/2017: to add text - pre-filing injunction (kmca).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Paul Leslie Cox, # 75206,
Warden of Kirkland Correctional
Civil Action No. 8:17-728-TMC
Petitioner Paul Leslie Cox, a state inmate proceeding pro se, filed this Petition seeking
habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254.1 Before the court is the Magistrate Judge=s
Report and Recommendation (AReport@), recommending that the court dismiss Petitioner=s action
without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file an answer or return. The Report
also recommended that the court enter a pre-filing injunction. (ECF No. 12). Petitioner was
advised of his right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 12 at 10.) However, Petitioner
has not filed objections, and the time to do so has now run.
The Report has no presumptive weight and the responsibility to make a final
determination remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). In
the absence of objections to the 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,
Ain the absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. ' 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02, DSC, this matter was
initially referred to a magistrate judge.
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).
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case, the court adopts the
Magistrate Judge=s Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 12) and incorporates it herein.
Therefore, Petitioner=s habeas petition is DISMISSED without prejudice and without requiring
Respondent to file an answer or return.
Furthermore, the court finds that a pre-filing injunction is warranted for the reasons stated
in the Report. Therefore, the court imposes the following pre-filing injunction:
1. Upon Petitioner submitting a habeas corpus petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2254 that
seeks to vacate, overturn, release from, or otherwise attack his Greenville County August 4, 1987
conviction of assault and battery with intent to kill (AABWIK@) and/or possession of contraband
and/or his twenty-year sentence of imprisonment, the Clerk of Court shall assign a case number
(for docket control purposes) and send the case to the assigned magistrate judge for review in
order for the magistrate judge to determine whether Petitioner alleges he has written permission
from the Court of Appeals to file the action.
2. When appropriate, the magistrate judge shall direct Petitioner to provide written
authorization from the Court of Appeals within a certain time frame.
3. Should Petitioner fail to provide written authorization from the Court of Appeals
within the certain time frame, the action will be dismissed without prejudice and without
issuance and service of process.
In addition, a certificate of appealability will not issue to a prisoner seeking habeas relief
absent Aa substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.@ 28 U.S.C. ' 2253(c)(2). 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); Rose v.
Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir. 2001). In this case, the court finds that the petitioner has failed
to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Accordingly, the court
declines to issue a certificate of appealability.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
June 26, 2017
Anderson, South Carolina
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