Adams v. Davis

Filing 15

ORDER by Judge Edward M. Chen Denying 9 Request for Appointment of Counsel. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service). (emcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/29/2016)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 KASEEM ADAMS, Petitioner, 8 9 10 ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL v. Docket No. 9 RON DAVIS, Respondent. 12 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 11 Case No. 15-cv-04358-EMC 13 Petitioner has requested that counsel be appointed to represent him in this action. A 14 district court may appoint counsel to represent a habeas petitioner whenever "the court determines 15 that the interests of justice so require" and such person is financially unable to obtain 16 representation. 18 U.S.C. ยง 3006A(a)(2)(B). The decision to appoint counsel is within the 17 discretion of the district court. See Chaney v. Lewis, 801 F.2d 1191, 1196 (9th Cir. 1986). 18 Appointment is mandatory only when the circumstances of a particular case indicate that 19 appointed counsel is necessary to prevent due process violations. See id. The interests of justice 20 do not require appointment of counsel at this time. The request for appointment of counsel is 21 DENIED. Docket No. 9. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Petitioner states in his request for counsel that he is being moved to a level 3 facility and he might not be able to timely respond to a motion to dismiss or answer. But respondent has not yet filed a motion to dismiss or an answer, so Petitioner does not yet know whether he will need additional time. If, after he receives the motion to dismiss or answer, Petitioner is unable to prepare an opposition or traverse, he may then request an extension of the deadline. It is premature to do so now. Petitioner is reminded to promptly sent a notice of change of address to the Court and opposing counsel each time he is moved to a new prison or if he is released from 1 prison. 2 Finally, a briefing schedule was set in the January 6, 2016 Order Reopening Case; Order 3 To Show Cause, before this action was reassigned to the undersigned. The parties are reminded 4 that the briefing schedule in that order remains in place. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 9 10 Dated: February 29, 2016 ______________________________________ EDWARD M. CHEN United States District Judge 12 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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