Grant v. Lewis et al

Filing 26

ORDER GRANTING 25 Plaintiff's First Motion for Extension of Time to File Objections to Findings and Recommendations and ORDER DENYING 25 Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 9/14/2017. Objections to F&R due within thirty (30) days. (Jessen, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 TRAVARE MONROE GRANT, Plaintiff, 11 12 v. 13 J. LEWIS, et al., 14 Defendants. 1:16-cv-00424-LJO-SKO (PC) ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S FIRST MOTION TO EXTEND TIME TO FILE OBJECTIONS TO FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL (Doc. 25) 15 THIRTY DAY DEADLINE 16 17 18 Plaintiff is a prisoner proceeding pro se in a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ' 19 1983. On September 13, 2017, plaintiff filed a motion to extend time to file objections to the 20 findings and recommendations which issued on August 30, 2017. In that same motion, Plaintiff 21 requested appointment of counsel. 22 Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action, Rand v. 23 Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and the Court cannot require an attorney to 24 represent Plaintiff pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(e)(1). Mallard v. United States District Court for 25 the Southern District of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298, 109 S.Ct. 1814, 1816 (1989). However, in 26 certain exceptional circumstances the Court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel 27 pursuant to section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525. 28 1 Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the Court will seek 1 2 3 4 5 volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether “exceptional 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 6 7 8 9 10 11 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. 12 For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s request for the appointment of counsel, in his motion 13 filed on September 13, 2017 (Doc. 25), is HEREBY DENIED, without prejudice; but good cause 14 exists for the extension of time Plaintiff seeks and he is granted thirty (30) days from the date of 15 service of this order in which to file objections to the pending findings and recommendations. 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 Dated: September 14, 2017 /s/ 19 Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 .

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