Provencio v. Lizzarraga

Filing 25

ORDER DENYING 24 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng on 10/27/2017. (Sant Agata, S)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 8 ALFREDO PROVENCIO, Petitioner, 9 10 11 1:15 -cv-01327-LJO-MJS (HC) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL v. JOE LIZZARRAGA, (ECF No. 24) Respondent. 12 13 14 Petitioner has requested the appointment of counsel. There currently exists 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 no absolute right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. See, e.g., Anderson v. Heinze, 258 F.2d 479, 481 (9th Cir. 1958); Mitchell v. Wyrick, 727 F.2d 773, 774 (8th Cir. 1984). However, Title 18 U.S.C. ' 3006A(a)(2)(B) authorizes the appointment of counsel at any stage of the case if "the interests of justice so require." See Rule 8(c), Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. The Court finds that the interests of justice do not require the appointment of counsel in this case at the present time. Accordingly, Petitioner's request for appointment of counsel is HEREBY DENIED. 24 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 Dated: 27 October 27, 2017 /s/ Michael J. Seng UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 28 1

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