Thompson v. Hartley, et al.
ORDER DENYING 44 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng on 12/30/2014. (Marrujo, C)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ROBERT E. THOMPSON,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR
APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
J. HARTLEY, et al.,
On December 24, 2014, plaintiff filed a motion seeking the appointment of
counsel. Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action,
Rand v. Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and the court cannot require an
attorney to represent plaintiff pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(e)(1), Mallard v. United
States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989).
However, in certain exceptional circumstances the court may request the voluntary
assistance of counsel pursuant to section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525.
Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the court
will seek volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In
determining whether Aexceptional circumstances exist, the district court must evaluate
both the likelihood of success of the merits [and] the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate
his claims pro se in light of the 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. Further, at this early
stage in the proceedings, the court cannot make a determination that plaintiff is likely to
succeed on the merits, and based on a review of the record in this case, the court does
not find that plaintiff cannot adequately articulate his claims. Id.
For the foregoing reasons, plaintiff=s motion for the appointment of counsel is
HEREBY DENIED, without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 30, 2014
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Michael J. Seng
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