Guess et al v. McGill et al
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendations of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant; granting 27 Motion for Summary Judgment. This action is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Chief Judge Terry L Wooten on 10/9/2014.(cwhi, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
John McGill, Dir. of SCDMH;
Holly Scaturo, Dir. of SVPTP;
Robert Stevenson, III, Warden of BRCI;
William Byars, Dir. of SCDOC; and
SCDOC Chaplin Services
Case No. 9:13-cv-02260-TLW
Plaintiff Patrick Guess, proceeding pro se, filed this civil action in the Court of Common
Pleas for the State of South Carolina, Richland County, alleging that Defendants have violated
his religious rights as a practicing Muslim, in violation of the First Amendment and the Religious
Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. (Doc. #1). Defendants removed the action to the
United States District Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1441, asserting that the Complaint raises
issues of federal statutory and constitutional law. Id. Defendants filed a motion for summary
judgment on March 27, 2014. (Doc. #27). Plaintiff filed a response in opposition on May 16,
2014 (Doc. #43), to which Defendants replied on June 10, 2014 (Doc. #48).
This matter is before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (“the
Report”) filed by United States Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant, to whom this case was
assigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2), (D.S.C.). In the
Report, the Magistrate Judge recommends that this Court grant Defendants’ motion for summary
judgment and dismiss this action without prejudice. (Doc. #50). Objections to the Report were
due on October 3, 2014. Plaintiff filed no objections to the detailed legal and factual analysis set
forth by the Magistrate Judge. The matter is now ripe for disposition.
The Court is charged with conducting a de novo review of any portion of the Report to
which a specific objection is registered, and may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part,
the recommendations contained therein. 28 U.S.C. § 636. However, in the absence of objections
to the Report, the Court is not required to give any explanation for adopting the Magistrate
Judge’s recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 200 (4th Cir. 1983). In such a
case, “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 & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed.
R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note).
In light of this standard, the Court has carefully reviewed the Report and concludes that it
accurately summarizes the case and the applicable law. The Court has carefully considered the
legal and factual analysis set forth by the Magistrate Judge. The Court finds the detailed analysis
to be a proper evaluation of the law in this area. Again, the Court notes that Plaintiff did not
object to the Magistrate Judge’s analysis. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the Report
and Recommendation is ACCEPTED.
For the reasons articulated by the
Magistrate Judge, Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED (Doc. #27), and
this action is DISMISSED without prejudice (Doc. #1).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Terry L. Wooten
Terry L. Wooten
Chief United States District Judge
October 9, 2014
Columbia, South Carolina
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