Watts v. Santoro
ORDER denying 23 Motion to Appoint Counsel signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 07/13/17. (Plummer, M)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
QUINTON JOEY WATTS,
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.
23). 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.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioner’s motion for appointment
of counsel (Doc. 23) is denied.
DATED: July 13, 2017
CRAIG M. KELLISON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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