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9:12-cv-01859-JFA Date Filed 06/04/13 Entry Number 40 Page 1 of 2

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Lowell Thomas Walker,

Plaintiff,

v.

Benjamin Thomas,

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Defendant.

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C/A No. 9:12-1859-JFA-BM



ORDER

The pro se plaintiff, Lowell Thomas Walker, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C.

§ 1983, alleging that the defendant was deliberately indifferent to his medical needs

regarding a broken tooth. The plaintiff was a pretrial detainee at the Lexington County

Detention Center at the time this action was filed and he has since been released from

custody.

The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action has prepared a Report and

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Recommendation and opines that the plaintiff has failed to exhaust his administrative

remedies and that the defendant’s motion for summary judgment should be granted. The

Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and the court

incorporates such without a recitation.

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The Magistrate Judge’s review is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil
Rule 73.02. 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 and Recommendation 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 to the
Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).

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The plaintiff was notified of his right to file objections to the Report and

Recommendation. The plaintiff filed a one-page objection memorandum to the Report

merely noting that it was unjust for the defendant to “mess up people mouths.” The

plaintiff’s objection is overruled.

The Magistrate Judge properly notes in his Report that prisoners must exhaust their

administrative remedies prior to filing suit in federal court challenging prison conditions.

The Magistrate Judge opines that the defendant has met its burden of showing that the

plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. Moreover, the Magistrate Judge

suggests that plaintiff has failed to show that the defendant was deliberately indifferent to

his medical condition.



After carefully reviewing the applicable laws, the record in this case, the Report and

Recommendation, and the objections thereto, this court finds the Magistrate Judge’s

recommendation fairly and accurately summarizes the facts and applies the correct principles

of law. The Report is incorporated herein by reference.

Accordingly, the defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of exhaustion

is granted and plaintiff’s complaint is dismissed for failure to exhaust his administrative

remedies.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

June 4, 2013
Columbia, South Carolina

Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.
United States District Judge

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