Mazza v. Austin et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 4/15/14 denying 5 Motion to Appoint Expert. (Dillon, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:14-cv-0874 AC P
L. AUSTIN, et al.,
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a civil rights action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983 which was transferred to this court from the Northern District of California. See
ECF No. 8. On March 21, 2014, plaintiff filed a request for a court-appointed expert witness.
The expenditure of public funds on behalf of an indigent litigant is proper only when authorized
by Congress. Tedder v. Odel, 890 F.2d 210 (9th Cir. 1989). Even if plaintiff is granted in forma
pauperis status, Congress has not authorized the expenditure of public funds for expert witnesses.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s request for a court appointed
expert witness (ECF No. 5) is denied.
DATED: April 15, 2014
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