Mosher v. McKee
ORDER Denying 11 Application for Appointment of Counsel filed by Phillip Mosher - Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 11-13270
Honorable David M. Lawson
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
On November 28, 2011, the Court received a letter from the petitioner asking for the Court’s
help in referring him to a pro bono attorney. The Court will construe the petitioner’s letter as a
motion for appointment of counsel. There is no constitutional right to counsel for habeas
proceedings. Pennsylvania v. Finley, 481 U.S. 551, 555 (1987); Post v. Bradshaw, 422 F.3d 419,
423 n.1 (6th Cir. 2005). Habeas proceedings are civil proceedings, Browder v. Director, Dep’t of
Corr. of Ill., 434 U.S. 257, 269 (1978), and “‘appointment of counsel in a civil case is . . . a matter
within the discretion of the court. It is a privilege not a right.’” Childs v. Pellegrin, 822 F.2d 1382,
1384 (6th Cir. 1987) (quoting U.S. v. Madden, 352 F.2d 792, 793 (9th Cir. 1965)). The Court does
not see grounds to grant the petitioner’s motion at the present time.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the petitioner’s application for appointment of counsel
[dkt #10] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
s/David M. Lawson
DAVID M. LAWSON
United States District Judge
Dated: December 9, 2011
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on December 9, 2011.
s/Deborah R. Tofil
DEBORAH R. TOFIL
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