Crouchman v. Southern Health Partners et al
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendations of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant; granting 35 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 48 Motion for Summary Judgment. This matter is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 9/22/2016.(cwhi, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Jeffrey William Crouchman,
C/A. No. 9:16-426-CMC-BM
Southern Health Partners, Dr. Sellman, Nurse
Denise, Lt. Kristie Leopard, Officer K.
Nowaczcki, Officer K. Talley, and Officer
Opinion and Order
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s pro se complaint, filed in this court pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. ECF No. 1.
On May 23, 2016, Defendants Durham, Leopard, Nowaczcki, and Talley filed a motion for
summary judgment. ECF No. 35. A Roseboro Order was mailed to Plaintiff on May 25, 2016,
advising Plaintiff of the importance of a dispositive motion and the need for Plaintiff to file an
adequate response. ECF No. 36. Plaintiff filed a response in opposition to the summary
judgment motion on July 1, 2016. ECF No. 44. On July 15, 2016, those Defendants filed a reply
to Plaintiff’s response in opposition. ECF No. 52.
On July 14, 2016, the remaining Defendants (Southern Health Partners, Nurse Denise,
and Dr. Sellman) filed a motion for summary judgment. ECF No. 48. Another Roseboro Order
was mailed to Plaintiff on July 15, 2016. ECF No. 50. Plaintiff filed a response in opposition on
August 22, 2016. ECF No. 57.
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 (B)(2)(d), DSC, this
matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant for pre-trial proceedings
and a Report and Recommendation (“Report”). On August 30, 2016, the Magistrate Judge
issued a Report recommending that both of Defendants’ summary judgment motions be granted.
ECF No. 58. The Magistrate Judge advised Plaintiff of the procedures and requirements for
filing objections to the Report and the serious consequences if he failed to do so. Plaintiff has
filed no objections and the time for doing so has expired, and Plaintiff’s copy of the Report has
not been returned to the court.
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. See Matthews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The court is charged with making a de
novo determination of any portion of the Report of the Magistrate Judge to which a specific
objection is made.
The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the
recommendation made by the Magistrate Judge or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge
with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). The court reviews the Report only for clear error in
the absence of an objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310,
315 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that “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.”) (citation omitted).
After reviewing the complaint, the motions, the applicable law, the record and the Report
and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, the court finds no clear error. Accordingly, the
Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is adopted and incorporated by reference.
Defendants’ motions for summary judgment are granted (ECF Nos. 35 & 48), and this
matter is dismissed with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Cameron McGowan Currie
CAMERON MCGOWAN CURRIE
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
September 22, 2016
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