Gonzales v. Asuncion

Filing 8

ORDER DENYING 7 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 5/1/2017. (Sant Agata, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RALPH G. GONZALES, 12 13 Petitioner, 1:17 -cv-00318-AWI-JLT (HC) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL v. (Doc. 7) 14 DEBBIE ASUNCION, 15 Respondent. 16 17 Petitioner has requested the appointment of counsel. There currently exists no absolute 18 right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. See, e.g., Anderson v. Heinze, 258 F.2d 19 479, 481 (9th Cir. 1958); Mitchell v. Wyrick, 727 F.2d 773, 774 (8th Cir. 1984). However, Title 20 18 U.S.C. ' 3006A(a)(2)(B) authorizes the appointment of counsel at any stage of the case if "the 21 interests of justice so require." See Rule 8(c), Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. In the 22 present case, the Court does not find that the interests of justice require the appointment of 23 counsel at the present time. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Petitioner's request for 24 appointment of counsel is DENIED. 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 27 28 Dated: May 1, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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