Taylor v. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation et al

Filing 26

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 12/23/09 DENYING 24 and 25 Motions to Appoint Counsel. (Engbretson, K.)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 vs. M. CRITELLI, Defendant. / Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. Pending before the court is plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel (Docs. 24, 25). The United States Supreme Court has ruled that district courts lack authority to require counsel to represent indigent prisoners in 1983 cases. See Mallard v. United States Dist. Court, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). In certain exceptional circumstances, the court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(1). See Terrell v. Brewer, 935 F.2d 1015, 1017 (9th Cir. 1991); Wood v. Housewright, 900 F.2d 1332, 1335-36 (9th Cir. 1990). In the present case, the court does not at this time find the required exceptional circumstances. /// 1 BERNARD TAYLOR, Plaintiff, ORDER No. CIV S-07-2728-GEB-CMK-P IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel (Docs. 24, 25) are denied. DATED: December 23, 2009 ______________________________________ CRAIG M. KELLISON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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