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Fields v. Stevens

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Rick Hill Division

July 25, 2014

Anthony Fields, Petitioner,
v.
Warden Stevens, Respondent.

ORDER

TIMOTHY M. CAIN, District Judge.

The petitioner, proceeding pro se, is a state prisoner seeking habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The respondent has answered the petition and moved for summary judgment in his favor. ( See ECF Nos. 22, 23, 25-28). Pursuant to 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 a magistrate judge for pretrial handling. This case is now before the court on the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation ("Report"), recommending the court grant the respondent's motion for summary judgment on all grounds. (ECF No. 43). Although advised of his right to do so, the petitioner has not filed objection to the Report and the time to do so has now run.[1] The Report has no presumptive weight and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). In the absence of objections to the Report, this court is not required to provide an explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983). Rather, "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." Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (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 the Report and incorporates it herein by reference. Thus, the respondent's motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 23) is GRANTED, and the habeas petition is DISMISSED.

In addition, a certificate of appealability will not issue to a prisoner seeking habeas relief absent "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that reasonable jurists would find both that his constitutional claims are debatable and that any dispositive procedural rulings by the district court are also debatable or wrong. See Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir. 2001). In this case, the court finds that the petitioner has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. Accordingly, the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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