Steve Lester v. Perry Correctional Institution et al - Document 28
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The court adopts the Report 21 and incorporates it herein. It is therefore ORDERED that only the Defendant, Perry Correctional Institution, is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on 03/22/2012. (dsto, )
1IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Perry Correctional Inst.;
In Employee L.T. Church;
In Employee D.H.O. Tuner a/k/a
C/A No. 4:11-2994-TMC-TER
OPINION & ORDER
Plaintiff, Steve Lester (“Plaintiff”), a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this
action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that the Defendants violated his constitutional
right to due process and the Eighth Amendment and seeks damages from Defendants,
Church and Tuner. Plaintiff, an inmate at Perry Correctional Institution, filed this action
in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 73.02(B)(2)(d),
D.S.C., all pre-trial proceedings were referred to a Magistrate Judge. On March 8,
2012, Magistrate Judge Thomas E. Rogers, III issued a Report and Recommendation
("Report") recommending that the court dismiss the Defendant, Perry Correctional
Institution, from this case without prejudice. (Dkt. # 21). The Magistrate Judge provided
Plaintiff a notice advising him of his right to file objections to the Report. (Dkt. # 21 at 5).
Plaintiff filed objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report on March 19, 2012. (Dkt. #
Standard of Review
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the court. The
recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final
determination remains with the court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976).
The court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the
Report to which specific objection is made, and the court may accept, reject, or modify,
in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, or recommit the matter
with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
The court is obligated to conduct a de novo review of every portion of the
Magistrate Judge’s report to which objections have been filed. Id. However, the court
need not conduct a de novo review when a party makes only “general and conclusory
objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed
findings and recommendations.” Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982). In
the absence of a timely filed, specific objection, the Magistrate Judge’s conclusions are
reviewed only for clear error. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416
F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005).
The Magistrate Judge recommended that the court dismiss Defendant Perry
Correctional Institution from this case without prejudice. (Report at 4). As noted by the
Magistrate Judge, Perry Correctional Institution is a department, group of buildings, or a
facility. Thus, it is not considered a person subject to suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and,
therefore, Plaintiff failed to state a claim on which relief may be granted against it.
As noted above, Plaintiff filed objections to the Report which the court has
carefully reviewed. However, the Plaintiff’s objections provide no basis for this court to
deviate from the Magistrate Judge’s recommended disposition. The objections are nonspecific, unrelated to the dispositive portions of the Report or merely restate Plaintiff’s
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case pursuant to the
standard set forth above, the Court finds Plaintiff’s objections are without merit.
Accordingly, the court adopts the Report and incorporates it herein.
It is therefore
ORDERED that only the Defendant, Perry Correctional Institution, is DISMISSED
without prejudice.1 See Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 324-25 (1989); Haines v.
Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972); and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
March 22, 2012
Greenville, South Carolina
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified of the right to appeal this order pursuant to Rules
3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
The Magistrate Judge authorized service of process against the Defendants, Church and Tuner. Therefore, this
action continues against those Defendants. (Report at 4 N. 2).