UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
March 31, 2011
TIMOTHY HANRAHAN, JR., PLAINTIFF,
DR. MENON, HERKIMER COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH; EDGAR SCUDDER, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES, HERKIMER COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH; HERKIMER COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; CAPTAIN MCGRAIL, SUPERINTENDENT, HERKIMER COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; SHANNON URTZ, RN, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, HERKIMER COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; AND HON. CHRISTOPHER FARBER, POLICYMAKER FOR HERKIMER COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Senior Judge
In a Report-Recommendation dated December 15, 2010, Magistrate Judge Baxter recommended that the Court grant Defendants' motions for summary judgment and dismiss the amended complaint. See Dkt. No. 96. Plaintiff filed objections to the Report and Recommendation, essentially raising the same arguments that he presented to Magistrate Judge Baxter. See Dkt. No. 97.
When a party files specific objections to a magistrate judge's report-recommendation, the district court makes 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)(1). However, when a party files "[g]eneral or conclusory objections or objections which merely recite the same arguments [that he presented] to the magistrate judge," the court reviews those recommendations for clear error. O'Diah v. Mawhir, No. 9:08-CV-322, 2011 WL 933846, *1 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 16, 2011) (citations and footnote omitted). After the appropriate 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)(1).
Despite the conclusory nature of most of Plaintiff's objections, the Court has reviewed the record de novo in light of the issues that Plaintiff raised in those objections. Having completed that review, the Court finds his objections to be without merit.
Accordingly, the Court hereby
ORDERS that Magistrate Judge Baxter's December 15, 2010 Report-Recommendation is ACCEPTED in its entirety for the reasons stated therein; and the Court further
ORDERS that Defendant Menon's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED; and the Court further
ORDERS that Defendants Scudder, Herkimer County Correctional Facility, McGrail, Urtz, and Farber's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED; and the Court further
ORDERS that Plaintiff's amended complaint is DISMISSED; and the Court further ORDERS that the Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment in favor of Defendants and close this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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