Hernandez v. Walker

Filing 27

ORDER by Judge Ronald M. Whyte Denying 22 Motion to Appoint Counsel. (jg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/11/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 *E-FILED - 5/11/10* IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ANTHONY PEREZ HERNANDEZ, Petitioner, v. JAMES WALKER, Warden, Respondent. / No. C 09-3457 RMW (PR) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL (Docket No. 22) Petitioner, a California state prisoner, filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus. On December 8, 2009, the court issued an order to show cause to respondent as to why the petition should not be granted. For the reasons set forth below, the court DENIES petitioner's motion to appoint counsel (docket no. 22) without prejudice. DISCUSSION Petitioner requests appointment of counsel because petitioner has limited access to law library as well as legal knowledge. However, the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel does not apply in habeas corpus actions. Knaubert v. Goldsmith, 791 F.2d 722, 728 (9th Cir. 1986). While 18 U.S. C. 3006A(a)(2)(B) authorizes a district court to appoint counsel to represent a habeas petitioner if "the court determines that the interests of justice so require," the courts have made appointment of counsel the exception rather than the rule. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Appointment is mandatory only when the circumstances of a particular case indicate that appointed counsel is necessary to prevent due process violations. See Chaney v. Lewis, 801 F.2d 1191, 1196 (9th Cir. 1986). Petitioner has thus far been able to adequately present his claims for relief. Respondent has been ordered to produce the state record, which may include petitioner's state appellate briefs prepared by counsel. No evidentiary hearing appears necessary in this case, nor are any other extraordinary circumstances apparent. Accordingly, the court concludes that appointment of counsel is not necessary at this time. Petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel (docket no. 22) is DENIED without prejudice. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: 5/11/10 RONALD M. WHYTE United States District Judge Order Denying Motion for Appointment of Counsel P:\PRO-SE\SJ.Rmw\HC.09\Hernandez457.DenyAtty-PostOSC.wpd 2

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