(PC) Nieto v. Gordon et al

Filing 58

ORDER DENYING Without Prejudice 57 Plaintiff's Fourth Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 8/2/2022. (Lawrence, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOHN MOISES NIETO, 12 13 Plaintiff, ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF’S FOURTH MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL Defendants. (ECF No. 57) v. 14 Case No. 1:20-cv-00291-JLT-BAK (GSA) (PC) YORK, et al., 15 16 On July 25, 2022, Plaintiff filed a fourth request for the appointment of counsel.1 (ECF 17 18 No. 57.) As grounds, Plaintiff advises that he was found incompetent in superior court. (Id.) Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action, Rand v. 19 20 Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), and the Court cannot require an attorney to 21 represent Plaintiff pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1). Mallard v. U.S. Dist. Ct. for the S. Dist. 22 of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). The Court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel 23 under section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525. However, without a reasonable method of 24 securing and compensating counsel, the Court will seek volunteer counsel only in the most 25 serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether exceptional circumstances exist, the 26 district court must evaluate both the likelihood of success of the merits and the ability of the 27 Plaintiff to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved. Id. 28 1 (See ECF Nos. 27, 41, 47, denied by ECF Nos. 31, 42, 48, respectively.) 1 Plaintiff’s first amended complaint and the instant motion do not indicate exceptional 2 circumstances that warrant appointment of counsel. Even assuming that Plaintiff is not well- 3 versed in the law and that he has made serious allegations, which, if proved, would entitle him 4 to relief, his case is not exceptional. This Court is faced with similar cases almost daily and 5 construes pro se pleadings liberally. Moreover, based on a review of the record, the Court finds 6 that Plaintiff is able to articulate his claims adequately. Id. 7 8 9 Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for the appointment of counsel, (ECF No. 57), is DENIED. The Court further ORDERS Plaintiff to stop filing duplicative, failed motions. The 10 practice burdens the docket and interferes with the Court’s ability to consider pending matters. 11 Failure to comply with this Order may result in the imposition of sanctions. 12 13 14 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 2, 2022 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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