Anderson v. Vowell et al

Filing 6

ORDER denying 3 Motion to Appoint Counsel . Signed by Judge Richard L. Hodge on 04/17/2006. (Hodge, Richard)

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Anderson v. Vowell et al Doc. 6 Case 7:06-cv-00029-HL-RLH Document 6 Filed 04/17/2006 Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA VALDOSTA DIVISION : REV. JESSE G. ANDERSON, JR., : : Plaintiff : : VS. : : Sheriff GARY VOWELL, et al., : : Defendants : _____________________________________ NO. 7:06-CV-29(HL) ORDER Plaintiff has requested this Court to appoint counsel to assist him with his civil complaint brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. Generally speaking, no right to counsel exists in civil rights actions. See Wahl v. McIver, 773 F.2d 1169, 1174 (11th Cir. 1986). It is a privilege that is justified only by exceptional circumstances. Lopez v. Reyes, 692 F.2d 15, 17 (5th Cir. 1982). Plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is viewed by the Court as being premature. Until such time as responses have been made by the defendants and the Court has had an opportunity to review both the complaint and the responses thereto, a proper evaluation of the plaintiff's need for counsel cannot be made. The Court on its own motion will consider appointing legal counsel for the plaintiff if and when it becomes apparent that legal assistance is required in order to avoid prejudice to his rights. Accordingly, at the present time, the plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED. SO ORDERED, this 17th day of April, 2006. /s/ Richard L. Hodge RICHARD L. HODGE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Case 7:06-cv-00029-HL-RLH Document 6 Filed 04/17/2006 Page 2 of 2

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