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Edwards v. Georgetown Times

United States District Court, D. South Carolina

September 24, 2014

Willie James Edwards, Jr., Plaintiff,
v.
Georgetown Times, Defendant.

ORDER AND OPINION

BRUCE HOWE HENDRICKS, District Judge.

Plaintiff Willie James Edwards, Jr. ("Plaintiff"), a pretrial detainee at the Georgetown County Detention Center in Georgetown, South Carolina, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This matter is before the court for review of the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge Jacquelyn D. Austin made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02 for the District of South. On August 7, 2014, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that this case be dismissed without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. (ECF No. 15.)

The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with this Court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). 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)(1). The Court may also receive further evidence or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. Id. The Court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which specific objections are made.

Plaintiff was advised of his right to file objections to the Report and Recommendation. (ECF No. 15 at 7.) Plaintiff filed a motion for extension of time, and was granted an extension of time to file objections in a text order. (ECF Nos. 17, 19.) On August 19, 2014, Plaintiff's copy of the text order granting his extension fo time was mailed to his last known address. On September 2, 2014, the envelope containing Plaintiff's copy of the August 19, 2014, text order was returned to the Clerk of Court, marked "Return to Sender, Not Deliverable as Addressed, Unable to Forward." (ECF No. 21.) Plaintiff was advised by order filed July 15, 2014 (ECF No. 9), of his responsibility to notify the Court in writing if his address changed. Plaintiff was also informed that his case could be dismissed for failing to comply with the Court's order. (ECF No. 9 at 2-3.)

Plaintiff filed no objections and the time for doing so expired on September 19, 2014. In the absence objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation, 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 and advisory committee's note).

Here, because no objections have been filed, the Court has reviewed the Magistrate Judge's findings and recommendations for clear error. Finding none, the Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge that the Plaintiff's claims against Defendants are subject to summary dismissal. Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation is adopted and incorporated herein by reference and this action is DISMISSED without prejudice and without issuance and service of process.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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