Williams v. Wasco State Prison et al

Filing 11

ORDER DENYING Motion to Appoint Counsel 9 , signed by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng on 3/27/15: Motion is DENIED without prejudice. (Hellings, J)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 4 5 6 LANCE WILLIAMS, 7 8 Plaintiff, CASE NO. 1:14-cv-01714(PC) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL v. (ECF No. 9) 9 WASCO STATE PRISON, et al., 10 11 Defendants. 12 13 On March 2, 2015, Plaintiff filed a motion to appoint counsel. (ECF No. 9.) 14 Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action, 15 Rand v. Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and the court cannot require an 16 attorney to represent plaintiff pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1). Mallard v. United 17 18 States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). 19 However, in certain exceptional circumstances the Court may request the voluntary 20 assistance of counsel pursuant to section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525. 21 22 23 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 “exceptional circumstances exist, the district court must evaluate 24 25 26 27 28 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). 1 In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional 2 circumstances. Plaintiff claims his inmate status will make it difficult for him to gather 3 evidence and conduct discovery. However, Plaintiff faces no pending deadlines in this 4 case, and he may request an extension of time if he has trouble meeting any deadlines 5 6 that arise. 7 Even if it is assumed that plaintiff is not well versed in the law and that he has 8 made serious allegations which, if proved, would entitle him to relief, his case is not 9 exceptional. This court is faced with similar cases almost daily. Further, at this stage in 10 11 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 12 13 14 15 that plaintiff cannot adequately articulate his claims. Id. Accordingly, the court will recommend that Plaintiff’s motion for the appointment of counsel be DENIED without prejudice. 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 19 Dated: March 27, 2015 /s/ Michael J. Seng UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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