United States District Court, District of South Carolina, Aiken Division
January 30, 2015
Marie Assa'ad-Faltas, MD, MPH, Petitioner,
State of South Carolina and the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Respondents.
Terry L. Wooten, Chief United States District Judge
Petitioner Marie Assa’ad-Faltas, proceeding pro se, filed this habeas petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging a 2011 “Contempt” conviction in the Columbia Municipal Court. Doc. #1. The matter now comes before this Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (“the Report”) filed on January 12, 2015, by Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges, Doc. #6, to whom this case was previously assigned. Plaintiff filed objections to the Report on January 23, 2015, Doc. #8, and supplemental objections on January 26, 2015, Doc. #9.
In the Report, the Magistrate Judge recommends dismissing the case without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. In conducting this review, the Court applies the following standard:
The magistrate judge makes only a recommendation to the Court, to which any party may file written objections.... The Court is not bound by the recommendation of the magistrate judge but, instead, retains responsibility for the final determination. The Court is required to make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified findings or recommendation as to which an objection is made. However, the Court is not required to review, under a de novo or any other standard, the factual or legal conclusions of the magistrate judge as to those portions of the report and recommendation to which no objections are addressed. While the level of scrutiny entailed by the Court's review of the Report thus depends on whether or not objections have been filed, in either case the Court is free, after review, to accept, reject, or modify any of the magistrate judge's findings or recommendations.
Wallace v. Housing Auth. of the City of Columbia, 791 F.Supp. 137, 138 (D.S.C. 1992) (citations omitted).
In light of the standard set forth in Wallace, the Court has reviewed, de novo, the Report and the objections. After careful review of the Report and objections thereto, the Court hereby ACCEPTS the Report. Doc. #6. The Plaintiff’s objections, Docs. #8, 9, are OVERRULED. The Plaintiff’s case is DISMISSED without prejudice and without issuance and service of process.
IT IS SO ORDERED.