Patel v. Unknown

Filing 14

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 3/31/10 DENYING 8 Motion to Appoint Counsel without prejudice.(Dillon, M)

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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. Unknown, Respondent. / Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. Petitioner seeks the appointment of counsel (Doc. 8). There currently exists no absolute right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. See Nevius v. Sumner, 105 F.3d 453, 460 (9th Cir. 1996). However, 18 U.S.C. 3006A authorizes the appointment of counsel at any stage of the case "if the interests of justice so require." See Rule 8(c), Fed. R. Governing 2254 Cases. In the present case, the court does not find that the interests of justice would be served by the appointment of counsel at the present time. /// /// 1 PAREN HASMUKHBHAI PATEL, Petitioner, ORDER No. CIV S-09-2923-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 petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel (Doc. 8) is denied without prejudice to renewal, at the earliest, after an answer to the petition has been filed. DATED: March 31, 2010 ______________________________________ CRAIG M. KELLISON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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