United States District Court, N.D. New York
September 19, 2014
RANDY WILLIAMS, Plaintiff,
DAVID ROCK, Superintendent, Upstate Corr. Facility; and JOHN/JANE DOES, Corr. Officers Responsible for Delivery of Ramadan Trays, Upstate Corr. Facility, Defendants.
RANDY WILLIAMS, Bare Hill Correctional Facility Malone, New York, Plaintiff, Pro Se.
HON. ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, Attorney General for the State of New York, RICHARD LOMBARDO, ESQ. Assistant Attorney General, Albany, NY, Counsel for Defendants.
DECISION and ORDER
GRENN T. SUDDABY, District Judge.
Currently before the Court, in this pro se prisoner civil rights action filed by Randy Williams ("Plaintiff") against the above-captioned individuals ("Defendants"), is United States Magistrate David E. Peebles' Report-Recommendation recommending Defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim be granted, that Plaintiff's claim under Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA") be dismissed with prejudice, and that his First Amendment free-exercise claim be dismissed if he fails to correct the pleading defects in it through amendment. (Dkt. No. 35.) After receiving an extension of time in which to do so, Plaintiff filed an Objection, in which he challenged Magistrate Judge Peebles' finding that a 40minute (or less) delay of five of his thirty Ramadan meals was only a de minimis violation of the First Amendment. (Dkt. No. 39.)
When a specific objection is made to a portion of a magistrate judge's report-recommendation, the Court subjects that portion of the report-recommendation to a de novo review. Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b)(2); 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). When no objection is made to a portion of a report-recommendation, the Court subjects that portion of the report-recommendation to only a clear error review. Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b), Advisory Committee Notes: 1983 Addition. When performing such a "clear error" review, "the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." Id .; see also Batista v. Walker, 94-CV-2826, 1995 WL 453299, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. July 31, 1995) (Sotomayor, J.) ("I am permitted to adopt those sections of [a magistrate judge's] report to which no specific objection is made, so long as those sections are not facially erroneous.") (internal quotation marks and citations omitted).
Based upon a careful review of this matter, the Court can find no error in Magistrate Judge Peebles' de minimis finding, and no clear error any other portion of the Report-Recommendation. (Dkt. No. 35.) Magistrate Judge Peebles employed the proper standards, accurately recited the facts, and reasonably applied the law to those facts. ( Id. ) As a result, the Report-Recommendation is accepted and adopted in its entirety for the reasons stated therein.
ACCORDINGLY, it is
ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Peebles' Report-Recommendation (Dkt. No. 35) is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED in its entirety; and it is further
ORDERED that Defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim (Dkt. No. 23) is GRANTED; and it is further
ORDERED that Plaintiff's RLUIPA claim is DISMISSED with prejudice; and it is further
ORDERED that Plaintiff's remaining claim (i.e., his free-exercise claim under the First Amendment) shall be DISMISSED unless, within THIRTY (30) DAYS of the date of this Decision and Order, Plaintiff files an Amended Complaint that corrects the pleading defects in that claim.