(PS) Binns v. American General Life and Accident Ins. Co.
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 9/10/2020 DENYING 16 Motion to Appoint Counsel. (Tupolo, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KEYRON LAMONTE BINNS,
No. 2:20–cv–1120–TLN–KJN PS
(ECF No. 16.)
AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE AND
ACCIDENT INSURANCE CO., et al.,
Plaintiff moves for the court to appoint counsel in his civil action against his insurer.
(ECF No. 16.) It is “well-established that there is generally no constitutional right to counsel in
civil cases.” United States v. Sardone, 94 F.3d 1233, 1236 (9th Cir. 1996). There are no
exceptional circumstances warranting the appointment of counsel in this case. Although the court
is sympathetic to the difficulties faced by pro se litigants in litigating their own cases in federal
court, the court has extremely limited resources to appoint attorneys in civil cases. Here,
plaintiff’s claims against his insurer are not unusually complex and can be reasonably prosecuted
by a pro se plaintiff. As such, plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED.
Dated: September 10, 2020
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