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Arnold v. South Carolina Department of Corrections

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

December 29, 2014

Jonathan M. Arnold, #320526, Plaintiff,
v.
South Carolina Department of Corrections, Sgt, Smith, Lt. Cashwell, Larry Cartledge, Mrs. Florence Mauney, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Grey, Mrs. Filmore, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Donald and Mrs. Amy Enloe, Defendants.

ORDER

J. MICHELLE CHILDS, District Judge.

Plaintiff brought this action seeking relief pursuant to Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This matter is before the court for review of the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation ("Report") (ECF No. 102), filed on November 10, 2014, recommending that Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 68) with respect to Plaintiff's federal claims be granted, in toto, and that those claims be dismissed, with prejudice. Finally, to the extent Plaintiff has intended to assert any state law claim relating to the incident of January 22, 2013, that state law claim should be dismissed, without prejudice. (ECF No. 1). The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and legal standards on this matter which the court incorporates herein without a recitation.

The magistrate judge's Report is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina. "The Court is not bound by the recommendation of the magistrate judge but, instead, retains responsibility for the final determination." Wallace v. Hous. Auth., 791 F.Supp. 137, 138 (D.S.C. 1992) (citing Matthews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 271 (1976)). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which specific objections are made, and the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the magistrate judge's recommendation or recommit the matter with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).

Plaintiff was advised of his rights to file objections to the Report (ECF No.102 at 18). However, Plaintiff filed no objections to the Report.

In the absence of objections to the magistrate judge's 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). Furthermore, failure to file specific written objections to the Report results in a party's waiver of the right to appeal from the judgment of the District Court based upon such recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); Wright v. Collins, 766 F.2d 841 (4th Cir. 1985); United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91 (4th Cir. 1984).

Therefore, after a thorough and careful review of the Report and the record in this case, the court finds the Report provides an accurate summary of the facts and law. The court ACCEPTS the Report and Recommendation (ECF No.102). For the reasons articulated by the magistrate judge, it is therefore ORDERED that Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 68) with respect to Plaintiff's federal claims is GRANTED, in toto, and that those claims are DISMISSED, with prejudice. It is further ORDERED, to the extent Plaintiff has intended to assert any state law claim relating to the incident of January 22, 2013, that state law claim is DISMISSED, without prejudice. (ECF No. 1).

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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