Brown v. Lewis, No. 0:2017cv01470 - Document 14 (D.S.C. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION AND ORDER adopting the 10 Report and Recommendation, dismissing the action without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return, and denying a certificate of appealability. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 8/30/2017. (bgoo)
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Brown v. Lewis Doc. 14 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA ROCK HILL DIVISION C/A No. 0:17-1470-CMC James Brown, Petitioner, v. Opinion and Order Warden Scott Lewis, Respondent. This matter is before the court on Petitioner’s pro se petition filed in this court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2254 on June 5, 2017. ECF No. 1. Petitioner challenges his conviction, raising claims of ineffective assistance of trial and post-conviction relief (“PCR”) counsel, and newly discovered evidence. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil Rule 73.02 (B)(2)(c), DSC, this matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett for pre-trial proceedings and a Report and Recommendation. On August 9, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report recommending this matter be dismissed as successive. ECF No. 10. The Magistrate Judge advised Petitioner of the procedures and requirements for filing objections to the Report and the serious consequences if he failed to do so. Petitioner filed no objections within the time for doing so, and his copy of the Report was not returned to the court. The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (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 Dockets.Justia.com may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The court reviews only for clear error in the absence of an objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that “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.’”) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note). After reviewing the record, the applicable law, and the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, the court finds no clear error. As Petitioner’s previous § 2254 was dismissed with prejudice for failure to prosecute, it was a dismissal on the merits and the instant petition is successive. Accordingly, the court adopts and incorporates the Report and Recommendation by reference into this Order. This matter is dismissed without prejudice and without requiring Respondent to file a return. CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY The governing law provides that: (c)(2) A certificate of appealability may issue . . . only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. (c)(3) The certificate of appealability . . . shall indicate which specific issue or issues satisfy the showing required by paragraph (2). 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c). A prisoner satisfies this standard by demonstrating that reasonable jurists would find this court’s assessment of his constitutional claims is debatable or wrong and that any dispositive procedural ruling by the district court is likewise debatable. See Miller-El v. Cockrell, 2 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); Rose v. Lee, 252 F.3d 676, 683 (4th Cir. 2001). In this case, the legal standard for the issuance of a certificate of appealability has not been met. Therefore, a certificate of appealability is denied. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/ Cameron McGowan Currie CAMERON MCGOWAN CURRIE Senior United States District Judge Columbia, South Carolina August 30, 2017 3