Dickerson v. Vasquez
ORDER Denying Petitioner's 2 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 12/20/16. (Verduzco, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CASE NO. 1:16-cv-01889-SKO HC
ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION
FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
PAT VASQUEZ, Warden,
Petitioner Gregory Dickerson, proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus
12 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, moves for appointment of counsel. Using a California state form for
13 appointment of trial counsel, he contends that he is entitled to appointment of counsel based on
In federal habeas proceedings, no absolute right to appointment of counsel currently exists. See,
16 e.g., Anderson v. Heinze, 258 F.2d 479, 481 (9 Cir. 1958); Mitchell v. Wyrick, 727 F.2d 773, 774 (8
17 Cir. 1984). Nonetheless, a court may appoint counsel at any stage of the case "if the interests of justice
18 so require." 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B); Rule 8(c), Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases.
19 Because Petitioner assumes that he is entitled to counsel, he alleges no basis by which the Court may
20 appoint counsel on his behalf.
Petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel is hereby DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 20, 2016
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Sheila K. Oberto
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