Davis v. Phillips et al
AMENDED ORDER re 12 Order Adopting Report and Recommendations; denying as moot additional MOTION 13 to Appoint Counsel filed by Travis Land Davis. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on October 18, 2013. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
TRAVIS LAND DAVIS
Civil No. 1:13-cv-1056
TREY PHILLIPS, et al
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed September 25, 2013, by the Honorable
Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (ECF No. 8).
After conducting pre-service screening of the Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), Judge Bryant
recommends that the above-styled case be dismissed.
The parties have not filed objections to the Report and Recommendation, and the time to object
has passed. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Therefore, the Court adopts the Report and Recommendation
in toto. Plaintiff’s claims are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. This dismissal of this action
constitutes a “strike” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). The Clerk is therefore directed to place a § 1915(g)
strike flag on the case. Plaintiff’s remaining motions (ECF Nos. 7, 10, 11, and 13) are hereby DENIED
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 18th day of October, 2013.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
Pending are Plaintiff’s Motion for Access to Law Library (ECF No. 7); Motion for Leave to Amend
(ECF No. 10); and duplicative Motions to Appoint Counsel (ECF No. 11 and 13). None of Plaintiff’s
requested relief would have any bearing on the Court’s decision to dismiss this action. First, he does not
state with any specificity how he would amend his Complaint if allowed to do so. Second, Plaintiff is not
legally entitled to a law library or assistance from the Ouachita County Jail in pursuing this civil matter.
Schrier v. Halford, 60 F.3d 1309, 1313 (8th Cir. 1995). Third, the decision to appoint counsel in civil cases
is committed to the discretion of the district court. In re Lane, 801 F.2d 1040, 1042 (8th Cir. 1986). This
Court does not routinely appoint counsel in civil cases such as this, and Plaintiff’s conclusory statement that
this is a “complex” matter is not sufficient for this Court to seriously consider his request.
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