Jenkins v. Lares, et al.
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 5/22/17 ORDERING that Plaintiff's 3/31/17 Motion to Amend Evidence 20 is DISMISSED; and Plaintiff's 5/1/17 Request for the Appointment of Counsel 21 is DENIED. (Mena-Sanchez, L)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ROBERT LEE JENKINS, Jr.,
No. 2:13-cv-2273 DB P
LARES, et al.,
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with a civil rights
action. Plaintiff alleges defendants violated his due process rights in connection with his
placement in administrative segregation, retaliated against him for exercising his First
Amendment rights, and used excessive force. Before the court are plaintiff’s “Motion to Amend
Evidence” and request for appointment of counsel.
First, plaintiff’s “Motion to Amend Evidence” seeks to add to his complaint evidence
about an investigation into racial discrimination at High Desert State Prison. (ECF No. 20.)
Plaintiff is advised that his complaint need not include all evidence necessary to prove his claims.
As this case proceeds, plaintiff may be given the opportunity to support his claims with additional
evidence. Accordingly, plaintiff’s “Motion to Amend Evidence” will be dismissed.
Second, plaintiff seeks the appointment of counsel because he has many other cases
pending in this district that are keeping him busy and because his case is complex. 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, 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,
1331 (9th Cir. 1986); Weygandt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983). Circumstances
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.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:
1. Plaintiff’s March 31, 2017 Motion to Amend Evidence (ECF No. 20) is dismissed;
2. Plaintiff’s May 1, 2017, request for the appointment of counsel (ECF No. 21) is
Dated: May 22, 2017
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