Thomas v. Garcia et al

Filing 109

ORDER Denying 104 Motion for Appointment of Counsel, signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 3/14/12. (Gonzalez, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 JEAN-PIERRE K. THOMAS, 11 1:08-cv-00689-LJO-DLB PC Plaintiff, ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL 12 v. 13 M. P. GARCIA, et al., 14 Defendants. ________________________________/ ( DOCUMENT # 104) 15 16 On January 19, 2012, Plaintiff, a California state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a 17 motion seeking the appointment of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), now codified at § 18 1915(e)(1). Pursuant to § 1915(e)(1), “[t]he court may request an attorney to represent any 19 person unable to afford counsel.” This section applies to persons proceeding in forma pauperis. 20 See Mallard v. United States Dist. Court for Southern Dist., 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). Plaintiff 21 is not proceeding in forma pauperis in this action, having paid the filing fee in full. Thus, the 22 Court lacks statutory authority to appoint counsel to represent Plaintiff. 23 24 25 26 For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s motion for the appointment of counsel is HEREBY DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 77e0d6 March 14, 2012 /s/ Dennis L. Beck UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 27 28 -1-

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