No. 84-5630.

474 U.S. 140 (1985)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 4, 1985

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Christopher D. Stanley argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief was Louis A. Jacobs.

Richard David Drake, Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr., Attorney General.

JUSTICE MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.

In 1976, Congress amended § 101 of the Federal Magistrates Act, 28 U. S. C. § 636, to provide that a United States district judge may refer dispositive pretrial motions, and petitions for writ of habeas corpus, to a magistrate, who shall conduct appropriate proceedings and recommend dispositions. Pub. L. 94-577, 90 Stat. 2729.1 The...

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