Mehmood v. U.S. Marshals Service et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 3/12/15 ORDERING that Plaintiffs motion to amend relief 10 is denied; Plaintiffs motion to appoint counsel 11 is denied; and within thirty days from the date of this order, plaintiff may file a Second Amended Complaint. (Dillon, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:14-cv-2075 CKD P
U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE et al.,
Plaintiff, a federal pretrial detainee, was recently transferred from the Sacramento County
Main Jail to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City, California. Prior to his
transfer, the court ordered service of plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint (FAC) on two
Sacramento jail officials, Andris and Toliver. (ECF No. 9.) Both are sued in their official
capacity for injunctive relief only. (See id.)
Plaintiff has filed a motion to “amend the relief” sought in the FAC. (ECF No. 10.) In
addition to injunctive relief, he would like to seek compensatory damages for the weight loss and
“mental and emotional injuries” he suffered as a result of his jail-provided diet. (Id.) In fact, as a
result of his transfer, his request for injunctive relief against Andris and Toliver is moot.
Generally, when an inmate seeks injunctive or declaratory relief concerning the prison where he
is incarcerated, his claims for such relief become moot when he is no longer subjected to those
conditions. Nelson v. Heiss, 271 F.3d 891, 897 (9th Cir. 2001); Dilley v. Gunn, 64 F.3d 1365,
1368 (9th Cir.1995); Johnson v. Moore, 948 F.2d 517, 519 (9th Cir. 1991).
Under Local Rule 220, plaintiff cannot amend the FAC by simply “tacking on” a new type
of relief. Thus the court will deny plaintiff’s motion. However, given his changed circumstances,
he may file an amended complaint for screening.
Plaintiff has also requested the 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, the 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). In the present case, the court does not find
the required exceptional circumstances. Plaintiff’s request for the appointment of counsel will
therefore be denied.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff’s motion to amend relief (ECF No. 10) is denied;
2. Plaintiff’s motion to appoint counsel (ECF No. 11) is denied; and
3. Within thirty days from the date of this order, plaintiff may file a Second Amended
Dated: March 12, 2015
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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