Knight v. Bragg
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendations of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. It is therefore ORDERED that this action be dismissed withprejudice for failure to prosecute and for failure to comply with this Courts Order, pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 2/3/2017.(cwhi, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Jeffrey A. Knight, #36220-044,
) Civil Action No.: 9:16-3080-BHH
OPINION AND ORDER
Warden T. Bragg,
Petitioner Jeffrey A. Knight (“Petitioner”), a federal inmate proceeding pro se, filed this
habeas relief action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. (ECF No. 1.) In accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(c), D.S.C., this matter was referred to United
States Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant for pre-trial proceedings and a Report and
On November 10, 2016, Respondent Warden T. Bragg (“Respondent”), filed a motion
to dismiss or, the alternative, for summary judgment. (ECF No. 19.) Because Petitioner is pro
se in this matter, the Court entered an order pursuant to Roseboro v. Garrison, 528 F.2d 309
(4th Cir. 1975) on November 15, 2016, advising Petitioner of the importance of a dispositive
motion and of the need for him to file an adequate response to Respondent’s motion. (ECF No.
20.) In that order, Petitioner was advised of the possible consequence of dismissal if he failed
to respond adequately; however, Petitioner failed to file a response. Thus, Magistrate Judge
Marchant recommends that this action be dismissed with prejudice for failure to prosecute.
(ECF No. 25.)
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 Mathews 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 and Recommendation
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
The Magistrate Judge advised Petitioner of his right to file specific objections to the
Report. (ECF No. 25 at 3.) On February 1, 2017, the envelope that was mailed to FCI
Bennettsvile containing Petitioner’s copy of the Report and Recommendation, (ECF No. 25),
was returned to the Clerk of Court, marked “Return to Sender,” as well as a handwritten
forwarding address for Petitioner. (ECF No. 27.) Petitioner was advised by order filed
September 15, 2016, of his responsibility to notify the Court in writing if his address changed
and that his case could be dismissed for failing to comply with the Court’s order. (ECF No. 7.)
Petitioner has filed no objections and the time for doing so expired on January 30, 2017.
After a thorough review of the record of this matter, the applicable law, and the Report,
the Court finds no clear error. Accordingly, the Court adopts and incorporates the Report (ECF
No. 25) by reference herein. It is therefore ORDERED that this action be dismissed with
prejudice for failure to prosecute and for failure to comply with this Court’s Order, pursuant to
Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Ballard v. Carlson, 882 F.2d 93 (4th Cir.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
Greenville South Carolina
February 3, 2017
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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