Harrison v. Riley
ORDER AND OPINION adopting 19 Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. Plaintiff's Complaint is dismissed without prejudice and without issuance of service of process. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 12/5/2017.(ssam, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Eugene P. Harrison, a/k/a Eugene
Paul Harrison, Sr.,
Tim Riley, Warden, Inmate Intake,
Case No.: 9:17-cv-1938
ORDER AND OPINION
This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation ("R. & R.") of the
Magistrate Judge (Dkt. No. 19) recommending that this Court dismiss Plaintiffs Complaint
without prejudice and without issuance of service of process. For the reasons set forth below, this
Court adopts the R. & R. as the order of the Court. The Complaint is dismissed without
Background and Relevant Facts
Plaintiff Eugene P. Harrison is proceeding prose. Plaintiff has alleged that Tim Riley,
the Warden-Inmate Intake of Kershaw Correctional Institution ("KCI") falsely arrested and
imprisoned him and subjected him to double jeopardy. (Dkt. No. 1 at 3.) Specifically, Plaintiff
alleges that he was arrested and imprisoned in the summer of 2005 for check fraud charges he
had already served time for in 2003. Plaintiff seeks damages of $10,000 per day for each of the
fifty days he was incarcerated in 2005. (Dkt. No. 1 at 5.)
In the R. & R., the Magistrate Judge explained that Plaintiffs complaint is subject to
summary dismissal because his § 1983 claims for false arrest, false imprisonment, and double
jeopardy are barred by the applicable statute of limitations. (Dkt. No. 19 at 3-4.) Even if this
action was not barred by the statute of limitations, the Magistrate Judge explained that Plaintiffs
Complaint is subject to summary dismissal because Plaintiff failed to make specific allegations
against the Defendant. (Id. at 5.) Additionally, the Defendant has Eleventh Amendment
Immunity for claims for monetary damages made against him in his official capacity. (Id. at 5-6.)
a. Pro Se Pleadings
This Court liberally construes complaints filed by pro se litigants to allow the
development of a potentially meritorious case. See Cruz v. Beto, 405 U.S. 319 (1972); Haines v.
Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972). The requirement of liberal construction does not mean that the
Court can ignore a clear failure in the pleadings to allege facts which set forth a viable federal
claim, nor can the Court assume the existence of a genuine issue of material fact where none
exists. See Weller v. Dep 't of Social Services, 901 F.2d 387 (4th Cir. 1990).
b. Magistrate's Report and Recommendation
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility for making a final determination remains with
this Court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). This Court is charged with
making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which
specific objection is made. Additionally, the Court may "accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in
part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." 28 U.S .C. § 636(b)(l).
Where the plaintiff fails to file any specific objections, "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." See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins.
Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (internal quotation omitted).
Plaintiff has filed objections to the R. & R. (Dkt. No. 22.) The Court has given Plaintiffs
Objections the most liberal construction possible and determined that Plaintiff has failed to
coherently address the Magistrate Judge's conclusions, including the Magistrate Judge's finding
that the claims in Plaintiffs complaint are barred by the statute of limitations. The Court
therefore finds that the Magistrate Judge has correctly applied the controlling law to the facts of
For the reasons set forth above, this Court adopts the R. & R. (Dkt. No. 19) as the order of
the Court. Plaintiffs Complaint is dismissed without prejudice and without issuance of service of
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
Richard Mark Gergel
United States District Court Judge
Charleston, South Carolina
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