Fincher v. Ramirez
ORDER adopting Report and Recommendations of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. This action is dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 8/18/2017.(cwhi, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Starks Fincher, Jr.,
) Civil Action No. 9:17-725-BHH
Warden Gio Ramirez,
OPINION AND ORDER
Petitioner Starks Fincher, Jr. (“Petitioner”), 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 Recommendation (“Report”). Magistrate Judge Marchant recommends that
the petition be dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a
return. (ECF No. 8.) The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of
law on this matter and the Court incorporates them without recitation.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the Court. The
recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final
determination remains with the Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976).
The Court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the
Report to which specific objection is made, and the Court 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). However, the Court need not conduct a de
novo review when a party makes only “general and conclusory objections that do not
direct the court to a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed findings and
recommendations.” Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982). In the absence
of a timely filed, specific objection, the Magistrate Judge’s conclusions are reviewed
only for clear error. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310,
315 (4th Cir. 2005).
Petitioner filed objections (ECF No. 12) to the Report, which the Court has
carefully reviewed. The filing fails to state a specific objection or direct the Court to any
specific error in the Magistrate’s proposed findings and recommendations that: (1)
Petitioner cannot challenge his federal conviction and sentence under § 2241 unless he
can satisfy the § 2255 savings clause; (2) Petitioner cannot satisfy the § 2255 savings
clause because the Fourth Circuit has not extended the reach of the savings clause to
petitions that challenge a sentence only; and (3) Mathis v. United States, 136 S.Ct.
2243 (2016) does not provide Petitioner an avenue to bring his petition pursuant to §
2241. (See ECF No. 8 at 5-7.) Rather, Petitioner’s rambling objections merely state
irrelevant and/or inaccurate interpretations of law, and rehash points raised in his
petition. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the Court has conducted a de
novo review of the Report and the record. The Court finds Petitioner’s objections to be
without merit and hereby overrules them.
While the instant petition is subject to dismissal on a jurisdictional basis, in an
effort to stem the flow of Petitioner’s repeated, meritless attempts to challenge his
sentence under § 2241, the Court would point Petitioner to its July 10, 2017 ruling
denying his successive § 2255 in United States v. Fincher, 7:08-cr-1219-BHH-1 (ECF
No. 158). There, the Court explained why, under current law (including Johnson v.
United States, 576 U.S. —, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), Welch v. United States, 136 S. Ct.
1257 (2016), United States v. McLeod, 808 F.3d 972 (4th Cir. 2015), and Mathis),
Petitioner’s prior drug distribution offenses are qualifying predicate “serious drug
offenses” under the ACCA, and his sentence enhancement was lawful.
In summary, the Court agrees with the analysis of the Magistrate Judge and,
after review, finds no error therein.
For the reasons stated above and by the Magistrate Judge, the Court overrules
Plaintiff’s objections and adopts and incorporates the Magistrate Judge’s Report.
Accordingly, this action is dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent
to file a return.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
August 18, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
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