UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
March 30, 2007
NATHAN SAUNDERS, PETITIONER,
DANIEL SENKOWSKI, RESPONDENT.
DECISION AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court following a Report and Recommendation filed on March 8, 2007 by the Honorable Victor E. Bianchini,*fn1 United States Magistrate Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and L.R. 72.4 of the Northern District of New York. Report-Rec. (Dkt. No. 15). After ten days from the service thereof, the Clerk has sent the entire file to the undersigned, including the objections by Petitioner Nathan Saunders, which were filed on March 22, 2007. Objections (Dkt. No. 16).
It is the duty of this Court to "make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). "A [district] judge... may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." Id. This Court has considered the objections and has undertaken a de novo review of the record and has determined that the Report and Recommendation should be approved for the reasons stated therein.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED, that the Report and Recommendation (Dkt. No. 15) is APPROVED and ADOPTED in its ENTIRETY; and it is further
ORDERED, that Petitioner's Petition for a writ of habeas corpus (Dkt. No. 1) is DENIED; and it is further
ORDERED, that upon the Recommendation of Judge Bianchini, and pursuant to the relevant law, a Certificate of Appealability is hereby GRANTED sua sponte for the limited purpose of determining whether equitable tolling is appropriate under the facts presented in the case at bar -since the Report and Recommendation did not reach or consider the merits of this case; and it is further
ORDERED, that the Clerk serve a copy of this Order on all parties.
IT IS SO ORDERED.