Correa v. McDonald et al

Filing 9

ORDER denying 7 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd on 09/15/10. (Plummer, M)

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(PC) Correa v. McDonald et al Doc. 9 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. MIKE McDONALD, et al., Defendants. / Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, has requested appointment of counsel. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that district courts lack authority to require counsel to represent indigent prisoners in 1983 cases. Mallard v. United States Dist. Court, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). In certain exceptional circumstances, however, the district court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(1). Terrell v. Brewer, 935 F.2d 1015, 1017 (9th Cir. 1991); Wood v. Housewright, 900 F.2d 1332, 1335-36 (9th Cir. 1990). The test for exceptional circumstances requires the court to evaluate the plaintiff's likelihood of success on the merits and the ability of the plaintiff to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved. See Wilborn v. Escalderon, 789 F.2d 1328, 1 Dockets.Justia.com IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA VICTOR M. CORREA, Plaintiff, No. CIV S-10-0531 DAD P ORDER 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 1331 (9th Cir. 1986); Weygandt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983). Circumstances that are common to most prisoners, such as lack of legal education and limited law library access, do not establish exceptional circumstances that would warrant a request for voluntary assistance of counsel. In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances and therefore will deny plaintiff's request for appointment of counsel. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's April 14, 2010 request for appointment of counsel (Doc. No. 7) is denied. DATED: September 15, 2010. DAD:sj corr0531.31 2

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