Spencer v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER RULING ON 15 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION The Court affirms the Commissioner's final decision. Signed by Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 01/09/2018. (egra, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Brittany Cherie Spencer,
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting
Commissioner of the Social
Civil Action No.: 9:16-cv-03464-RBH
Plaintiff Brittany Cherie Spencer seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner
of the Social Security Administration denying her claim for disability insurance benefits. The matter
is before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (“R & R”) of United States
Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant, made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil
Rule 73.02(B)(2)(a) for the District of South Carolina. See R & R [ECF No. 15]. The Magistrate Judge
recommends that the Court affirm the Commissioner’s final decision. R & R at p. 15.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the Court. The recommendation has
no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the Court.
Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–71 (1976). The Court must conduct a de novo review of those
portions of the R & R to which specific objections are made, and it may accept, reject, or modify, in
whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge or recommit the matter with instructions.
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b).
Neither party has filed objections to the R & R, and the time for doing so has expired.1 In the
Objections to the R & R were due by January 2, 2018. ECF No. 15.
absence of objections to the R & R, the Court is not required to give any explanation for adopting the
Magistrate Judge’s recommendations. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199–200 (4th Cir. 1983).
The Court reviews only for clear error in the absence of an objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life &
Acc. 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 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’” (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P.
72 advisory committee’s note)).
After a thorough review of the record in this case, the Court finds no clear error and therefore
adopts and incorporates by reference the Magistrate Judge’s R & R [ECF No. 15]. Accordingly, the
Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner’s final decision.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Florence, South Carolina
January 9, 2018
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
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