(HC) Ryland v. Director of Bureau of Prisons

Filing 13

ORDER DENYING 10 Petitioner's Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 11/14/2023. (Lawrence, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 COREY R. RYLAND, Case No. 1:23-cv-01191-EPG-HC ORDER DENYING PETITIONER’S MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL Petitioner, 11 v. 12 13 DIRECTOR OF BUREAU OF PRISONS, 14 Respondent. (ECF No. 10) 15 16 Petitioner Corey R. Ryland is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ 17 of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. On November 13, 2023, the Court received the 18 instant motion for appointment of counsel. (ECF No. 10.) 19 There currently exists no absolute right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. 20 See, e.g., Chaney v. Lewis, 801 F.2d 1191, 1196 (9th Cir. 1986); Anderson v. Heinze, 258 F.2d 21 479, 481 (9th Cir. 1958). However, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B) authorizes the appointment of 22 counsel at any stage of the proceeding for financially eligible persons if “the interests of justice 23 so require.” To determine whether to appoint counsel, the “court must evaluate the likelihood of 24 success on the merits as well as the ability of the petitioner to articulate his claims pro se in light 25 of the complexity of the legal issues involved.” Weygandt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 26 1983). 27 Petitioner argues that counsel should be appointed because he “limited access to the law 28 library and limited knowledge of the law.” (ECF No. 10.) Upon review of the petition, the instant 1 1 motion, and Petitioner’s other submissions to the Court, the Court finds that Petitioner appears to 2 have a sufficient grasp of his claims and the legal issues involved and that he is able to articulate 3 those claims adequately. The legal issues involved are not extremely complex, and Petitioner 4 does not demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits such that the interests of justice 5 require the appointment of counsel at the present time. 6 If, upon review of Respondent’s response to the petition, the Court finds that the legal 7 issues are more complex than they appear currently, the Court will revisit Petitioner’s request for 8 counsel. 9 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner’s motion for appointment of 10 counsel (ECF No. 10) is DENIED without prejudice. 11 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 14, 2023 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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