Parks v. Lantz et al
PRISCS - RULING AND ORDER denying 3 Motion to Appoint Counsel ; granting 8 Motion to Amend Complaint. Amended complaint must be submitted by June 12, 2009. Clerk is directed to send plaintiff an amended complaint form and a copy of his original complaint and to return the stack of documents submitted by plaintiff. Signed by Judge William I. Garfinkel on 5/29/09. (Corriette, M.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
DAVID S.L. PARKS v. COMMISSIONER LANTZ, ET AL. PRISONER Case No. 3:09CV604(MRK)
RULING AND ORDER Pending before the court is the plaintiff's motion for leave to file a first amended complaint and a motion for appointment of counsel. The Second Circuit has made clear that before an
appointment is even considered, the indigent person must demonstrate that he is unable to obtain counsel. See Hodge v.
Police Officers, 802 F.2d 58, 61 (2d Cir. 1986), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 996 (1991). In this instance, the plaintiff does not
indicate even one attempt made in finding legal representation on his own. The possibility that the plaintiff may be able to
secure counsel or legal assistance independently precludes appointment of counsel by the court at this time. The Motion
for Appointment of Counsel [doc. # 3] is DENIED without prejudice. Plaintiff seeks to file an amended complaint to add two individuals as defendants. No answer having been filed by the
defendants, the motion for leave to amend [doc. # 8] is GRANTED.
The plaintiff did not attach a separate proposed amended complaint to his motion. Plaintiff did, however, send a large
stack of documents, some of which pertain to a civil case filed by plaintiff in state court and also a civil case filed by another inmate, Harold Butler, in state court. It is unclear
whether plaintiff intended that these documents be included as exhibits to his complaint or an amended complaint. Accordingly,
the court directs the plaintiff to file an amended complaint on or before June 12, 2009. The Clerk is directed to send the
plaintiff an amended complaint form and a copy of his original complaint and to return the stack of documents submitted by plaintiff. If plaintiff seeks to submit exhibits in support of
the allegations in the amended complaint, he should attach those exhibits to the amended complaint and specifically mark them as exhibits. SO ORDERED this Connecticut. /s/ William I. Garfinkel WILLIAM I. GARFINKEL UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 29th day of May, 2009, at Bridgeport,
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