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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
NORMAN H. LAWTON,
Case No. 3:12-cv-1390-J-99MMH-JRK
NORMA J. ROSEN, STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE/CSEA, and
STATE OF OHIO FRANKLIN COUNTY
CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT
THIS CAUSE is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 13;
Report), entered by the Honorable James R. Klindt, United States Magistrate Judge, on
June 3, 2013. In the Report, Magistrate Judge Klindt recommends that the Affidavit of
Indigency (Doc. No. 2), construed as a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, be denied,
and that this case be dismissed without prejudice. See Report at 8-9. On June 17, 2013,
Plaintiff filed objections to the Report. See Motion of Objection to Magistrate Judge’s Reprt
[sic] and Recommendation (Doc. No. 14; Objections). Thus, this matter is ripe for review.
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). If no specific
objections to findings of fact are filed, the district court is not required to conduct a de novo
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review of those findings. See Garvey v. Vaughn, 993 F.2d 776, 779 n.9 (11th Cir. 1993);
see also 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). However, the district court must review the legal
conclusions in the report de novo. See Cooper-Houston v. S. Ry. Co., 37 F.3d 603, 604
(11th Cir. 1994); United States v. Rice, No. 2:07-mc-8-FtM-29SPC, 2007 WL 1428615, at
*1 (M.D. Fla. May 14, 2007); see also 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Upon independent review of the file and for the reasons stated in the Magistrate
Judge’s Report, the Court will overrule the Objections and accept and adopt the legal and
factual conclusions recommended by the Magistrate Judge.1 Accordingly, it is hereby
Plaintiff’s Objections to the Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 14) are
The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 13) is
ADOPTED as the opinion of the Court.
The Affidavit of Indigency (Doc. No. 2), construed as a Motion to Proceed In
Forma Pauperis, is DENIED.
This case is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
After reviewing Plaintiff’s Objections, the Court notes that Plaintiff appears to misapprehend
the Rooker-Feldman doctrine. See Objections at 7 (“A claim by Rooker-Feldman doctrine allows cases
brought by State case losers complaining of injuries caused by state-court judgments rendered before district
court proceedings commenced and inviting district Court review and rejection of those judgments.”). The Court
reiterates that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine actually bars this Court from reviewing and invalidating a final state
court judgment. Dale v. Moore, 121 F.3d 624, 626 (11th Cir. 1997). Accordingly, because the requirements
of the Rooker-Feldman doctrine are satisfied, the Court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction in this case.
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The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter judgment dismissing the case,
terminate any pending motions or deadlines as moot, and close this file.
DONE AND ORDERED at Jacksonville, Florida, this 31st day of July, 2013.
Honorable James R. Klindt
United States Magistrate Judge
Counsel of Record
Pro Se Plaintiff