Quiroz v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al

Filing 59

ORDER DENYING Motion for Appointment of Counsel 48 , signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 12/16/10: Motion is DENIED, without prejudice. (Hellings, J)

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(PC) Quiroz v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al Doc. 59 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Defendants. 16 ________________________________/ 17 On October 25, 2010, plaintiff filed a motion seeking the appointment of counsel. 18 Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action, Rand v. 19 Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and the court cannot require an attorney to 20 represent plaintiff pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(1). Mallard v. United States District Court 21 for the Southern District of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). However, in certain exceptional 22 circumstances the court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to section 23 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525. 24 Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the court will seek 25 volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether 26 "exceptional circumstances exist, the district court must evaluate both the likelihood of success 27 of the merits [and] the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate his claims pro se in light of the 28 -1Dockets.Justia.com IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA CARLOS QUIROZ, Plaintiff, v. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION, et al., 1:06-CV-01426 OWW DLB (PC) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL ( #48) 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 complexity of the legal issues involved." Id. (internal quotation marks and citations omitted). 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 allegations which, if proved, would entitle him to relief, his case is not exceptional. This Court is faced with similar cases almost daily. The Court also undertook an inquiry as to the availability of local attorneys available to represent indigent inmates pro bono, and was unable to locate any at this time to represent Plaintiff. For the foregoing reasons, plaintiff's motion for the appointment of counsel is HEREBY DENIED, without prejudice. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 77e0d6 December 16, 2010 /s/ Dennis L. Beck UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE -2-

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