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Wannamaker v. South Carolina Department of Corrections

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Greenville Division

September 8, 2014

Erick Thomlinson Wannamaker, # 321756, Plaintiff,
v.
South Carolina Department of Corrections; Trenton Correctional Institution; and Officer Parrot, Employee, Defendants.

ORDER

TIMOTHY M. CAIN, District Judge.

The plaintiff, Erick Thomlinson Wannamaker ("Wannamaker"), a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brought this action against the defendants, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02, D.S.C., all pretrial proceedings in this matter were referred to a magistrate judge. This matter is now before the court on the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation ("Report"), recommending that the court summarily dismiss the complaint, without prejudice and without service of process, as to South Carolina Department of Corrections ("SCDC"), and Trenton Correctional Institution ("TCI"). (ECF No. 15.) Wannamaker has filed timely objections to the Report (ECF No. 19), and this matter is now ripe for review.

The Report has no presumptive weight and the responsibility to make a final determination in this matter remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). In making that determination, the court is charged with conducting a de novo review of those portions of the Report to which either party specifically objects. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Then, the court may accept, reject, or modify the Report or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge. See id.

The Report recommends dismissing SCDC, and TCI, for the following reasons: (1) SCDC is immune under the Eleventh Amendment; and (2) TCI is not a "person" subject to suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In his response, Wannamaker argues that since Officer Parrot is an employee of SCDC, "he was hired and trained to keep control, safety, and security for the officers, the inmates and the community. This officer acts on the behalf of SCDC but works at TCI." Wannamaker further states in his response: "I understand that TCI is only a work place, and I except [sic] dismissal of TCI, because also TCI is a representation of SCDC." Accordingly, the court dismisses TCI.

Wannamaker's conclusive objections fail to overcome the legal authority supporting the Report's recommended dismissal of SCDC.

Accordingly, after a thorough review of the record, the court adopts the Report (ECF No. 25) and incorporates it herein. Therefore, SCDC, and Trenton Correctional Institution are DISMISSED without prejudice and without service of process.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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