United States District Court, D. South Carolina
JOSEPH F. ANDERSON, Jr., District Judge.
The pro se plaintiff, Roderick Jerome English, is an inmate with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). He brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 raising various claims deliberate indifference to a serious medical need while he was incarcerated at the McCormick Correctional Institution (MCI). Plaintiff has moved for default judgment and a preliminary injunction. In his request for injunctive relief, plaintiff requests lab testing, a change to his sick call schedule, a review by this court of the SCDC medical policies, pictures of his leg, and a consultation by a bone specialist.
The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action has prepared a Report and Recommendation and opines that the plaintiff's motion for default judgment should be denied. The Magistrate Judge also recommends that the remaining requests for injunctive relief be denied as well. The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and the court incorporates such without a recitation.
The plaintiff was advised of his right to file objections to the Report and Recommendation and he has timely done so.
It appears that the Magistrate Judge granted a reasonable extension of time to the defendants to respond to the complaint, and they did so within the time deadline established by the Magistrate Judge. Such a practice is common in this district, and the court finds no error in the extension of time granted by the Magistrate Judge. Accordingly, plaintiff's motion for default judgment (ECF No. 37) is denied.
Regarding the plaintiff's claim for injunctive relief, the Magistrate Judge carefully analyzes the factors to be addressed and concludes that plaintiff has failed to carry his burden of showing entitlement to relief. The court has reviewed the plaintiff's objections and is constrained to agree with the Magistrate Judge that the plaintiff has not carried his burden on his motion. For this reason, the court overrules all objections.
The plaintiff has filed several additional motions which appear to be an effort to have this court order his early release from state custody. Although he styles the motion as one for a "Clemson" release, the court assumes he means that he is requesting clemency from this court because of his injuries. This court is powerless to order the early release of a state inmate for clemency reasons or for any other reasons apart from a constitutional violation.
After a careful review of the record, the applicable law, the Report and Recommendation, and the plaintiff's objections thereto, the court finds the Magistrate Judge's recommendation proper and adopts and incorporates it herein by reference. Accordingly, the plaintiff's motions for injunctive relief (ECF Nos. 35, 36, ...