Johnson v. The State of California et al

Filing 11

ORDER denying 10 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Judge Sandra M. Snyder on 4/14/06. (Carter-Ford, R)

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(PC) Johnson v. The State of California et al Doc. 11 Case 1:06-cv-00268-OWW-SMS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ROBERT JOHNSON, Document 11 Filed 04/14/2006 Page 1 of 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) ) v. ) ) STATE OF CALIFORNIA, et al., ) ) ) Defendants. ) ____________________________________) 1:06-CV-00268 OWW SMS P ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL (DOCUMENT #10) Plaintiff has requested the appointment of counsel. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that district courts lack authority to require counsel to represent indigent prisoners in 1983 cases. Mallard v. United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 109 S.Ct. 1814 (1989). In certain exceptional circumstances, the court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(1). Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, this court will seek volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances. Even if it is assumed that plaintiff is not well versed in the law and that he has made serious 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:06-cv-00268-OWW-SMS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: i0d3h8 April 14, 2006 Document 11 Filed 04/14/2006 Page 2 of 2 allegations which, if proved, would entitle him to relief, his case is not exceptional. This court is faced with similar cases almost daily. Therefore, plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel must be denied. In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel is denied. /s/ Sandra M. Snyder UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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