Ponce et al v. Washburn et al

Filing 16

ORDER DENYING Plaintiff's 11 & 14 Motion to be Appointed Counsel, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 1/7/2022. (Marrujo, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RENE LUNA, 12 13 14 15 Case No. 1:21-cv-01291-AWI-BAM Plaintiff, ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO BE APPOINTED COUNSEL v. (Docs. 11, 14) OFFICER LOLL; and OFFICER GOMEZ., Defendants. 16 17 18 Plaintiff Rene Luna is a county jail inmate proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this 19 civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On December 20, 2021 and on January 5, 202, 20 Plaintiff filed the two motions requesting that the court appoint him counsel in this action. (Docs. 21 11, 14.) Plaintiff explains that he is an indigent inmate with limited resources and supplies as an 22 attorney. (Doc. 14. at 1.) 23 Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action. Rand v. 24 Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), rev’d in part on other grounds, 154 F.3d 952, 954 25 n.1 (9th Cir. 1998). The court cannot require an attorney to represent plaintiff pursuant to 28 26 U.S.C. §1915(e)(1). Mallard v. U.S. Dist. Court for the S. Dist. of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296, 298 27 (1989). However, in certain exceptional circumstances the court may request the voluntary 28 assistance of counsel pursuant to section 1915(e)(1). Rand, 113 F.3d at 1525. Without a 1 1 reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the court will seek volunteer counsel 2 only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether “exceptional 3 circumstances exist, a district court must evaluate both the likelihood of success on the merits 4 [and] the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the 5 legal issues involved.” Id. (internal quotation marks and citations omitted). 6 In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances. Even if 7 it is assumed that Plaintiff is not well versed in the law and that he has made serious allegations 8 which, if proved, would entitle him to relief, his case is not exceptional. His indigent status and 9 incarceration are not sufficient to make this case exceptional. This court is faced with similar 10 cases almost daily from indigent, incarcerated plaintiffs alleging excessive force. Further, at this 11 early stage in the proceedings, the court cannot make a determination that Plaintiff is likely to 12 succeed on the merits. There also is no indication from the record that Plaintiff is unable to 13 articulate his claims pro se. 14 15 Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motions for the appointment of counsel are HEREBY DENIED without prejudice. 16 17 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara January 7, 2022 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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