United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Western Division
ORDER ACCEPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING GUILTY PLEA
DONALD E. O'BRIEN, District Judge.
I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Before the Court is Magistrate Judge Leonard T. Strand's Report and Recommendation Concerning Guilty Plea (Docket No. 8, 10/21/2013).
On October 21, 2013, a one count Information (Docket No. 1) was filed in the above-referenced case. On that same day, October 21, 2013, Defendant Terry Ray Taylor entered a guilty plea to Count 1 of the Information before United States Magistrate Judge Leonard T. Strand.
Count 1 of the Information charges that beginning in 2012, and continuing to about September 19, 2013, in the Northern District of Iowa and elsewhere, defendant Terry Ray Taylor, did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with other persons known and unknown, to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, which contained 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
This was in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846.
The Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 8), states that there is a plea agreement (previously filed under seal at Docket No. 5-1, marked "Exhibit 1") and recommends that defendant Terry Ray Taylor's guilty plea be accepted. Waivers of objections to Judge Strand's Report and Recommendation were filed by each party (Docket Nos. 9 and 10). The Court, therefore, undertakes the necessary review to accept defendant Terry Ray Taylor's plea in this case.
A. Standard of Review
Pursuant to statue, this Court's standard of review for a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation is as follows:
A judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made. A judge of 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). Similarly, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) provides for review of a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation on dispositive motions and prisoner petitions, where objections are made as follows:
The district judge to whom the case is assigned shall make a de novo determination upon the record, or after additional evidence, of any portion of the magistrate judge's disposition to which specific written objection has been made in accordance with this rule. The district judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommendation decision, ...