Hoegemann v. Palma et al
ORDER denying without prejudice 10 Motion for Reconsideration of Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel. Signed by Judge Victor A. Bolden on 4/10/2017. (Chen, C.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
DONATO PALMA, ET AL.,
Case No. 3:16-cv-1460(VAB)
RULING ON PENDING MOTION
Plaintiff, Richard Hoegemann, is incarcerated at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional
Institution. On February 2, 2017, the Court denied Mr. Hoegemann’s motion for
appointment of counsel without prejudice because he had made insufficient efforts to secure
representation or assistance on his own, in part because he had yet to show that he had
contacted the Inmates’ Legal Assistance Program. See Initial Review Order at 25-26, ECF
No. 8; ECF No. 9. Mr. Hoegemann has now filed a motion for reconsideration asking the
Court to reconsider appointing him pro bono counsel. ECF No. 10.
Mr. Hoegemann’s motion for reconsideration states that, in September 2015, he
contacted the Inmates' Legal Aid Program. See Motion at 1, ECF No. 10. On October 21,
2015, an attorney from the Program indicated by letter that he could not assist Mr.
Hoegemann with this case. The attorney did, however, recommend another lawyer in New
Haven, Connecticut who could possibly assist Mr. Hoegemann. See 10/21/2015 Letter, ECF
No. 10 at 3. Mr. Hoegemann’s current motion does not indicate whether he made any attempt
to contact that other attorney prior to filing his renewed motion for counsel. Motion at 1. As
a result, Mr. Hoegemann’s attempts to secure counsel are not sufficient to demonstrate to the
Court that he cannot obtain legal assistance on his own.
The possibility that Mr. Hoegemann may be able to secure legal assistance
independently precludes appointment of counsel by the Court at this time. Mr. Hoegemann’s
Motion to Reconsider Appointing Counsel, ECF No. 10, is DENIED without prejudice to
renewal at a later stage of the litigation.
SO ORDERED at Bridgeport, Connecticut this 10th day of April, 2017.
/s/ Victor A. Bolden
VICTOR A. BOLDEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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