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Geneo Brown v. H.D. Graham

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 31, 2011

GENEO BROWN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
H.D. GRAHAM, SUPT., AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; DAWSON BROWN, DEP. SUPT. OF ADMIN., AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; DONALD SAWYER, EXEC. DIR., CNY PSYCHIATRIC CENTER; HAROLD MEYERS, FORENSIC UNIT CHIEF; C.O. EXNER, AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; LT. HEAD, AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; C. THOMAS, C.O., AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; SHARPLES, R.N., AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; SGT. PERRY, AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; JOHN CULKIN, DIR., MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES; MCCARTHY, CORRECTIONS CAPTAIN, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Senior Judge

ORDER

In a Report and Recommendation dated March 30, 2010, Magistrate Judge Baxter recommended that the Court (1) deny Defendants Brown and McCarthy's motion for judgment on the pleadings as moot; (2) deny Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment; and (3) grant Defendants' cross-motion for summary judgment and dismiss the amended complaint in its entirety. See Dkt. No. 90. Plaintiff filed objections to the Report and Recommendation, essentially raising the same arguments that he presented to Magistrate Judge Baxter. See Dkt. No. 99.

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 March 30, 2010 Report and Recommendation is ACCEPTED in its entirety for the reasons stated therein; and the Court further ORDERS that Defendants Brown and McCarthy's motion for judgment on the pleadings is DENIED as moot; and the Court further

ORDERS that Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment is DENIED; and the Court further

ORDERS that Defendants' cross-motion for summary judgment is GRANTED and Plaintiff's amended complaint is DISMISSED; and the Court further

ORDERS the Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment in favor of Defendants and close this case.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Syracuse, New York

20110331

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