Annabel v. Frost et al

Filing 105

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S 80 Motion to Appoint Counsel - Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (CCie)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION ROBERT ANNABEL, Plaintiff, No. 14-10244 v. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen JACK FROST, ET AL., Defendants. / ORDER Plaintiff Robert Annabel is the pro se Plaintiff in this prisoner civil rights action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1984. Before the Court is his Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. #80]. Unlike criminal cases, there is no constitutional or statutory right to the appointment of counsel in civil cases. Rather, the Court requests members of the bar to assist in appropriate cases. In Lavado v. Keohane, 992 F.2d 601, 605-606 (6th Cir. 1993), the Sixth Circuit noted that “[a]ppointment of counsel in a civil case is not a constitutional right. It is a privilege that is justified only by exceptional circumstances.” (Internal quotations and citations omitted). It is the practice of this Court to defer any attempt to obtain counsel for pro se civil rights Plaintiffs until after motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment have been denied. This Court previously dismissed Plaintiff’s complaint for failure to state a plausible claim for relief. Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). The Sixth Circuit reversed in part, remanding the case for further proceedings as to Plaintiff’s retaliation claim. Following discovery, the Defendants have the opportunity to file a motion for summary judgment -1- under Rule 56. At this point, the motion to appoint counsel is premature. If Plaintiff’s claim ultimately survives dispositive motions, he may renew his motion for appointment of counsel at that time. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. #80] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/R. Steven Whalen R. STEVEN WHALEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Dated: July 25, 2017 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify on July 25, 2017, that I electronically filed the foregoing paper with the Clerk of the Court sending notification of such filing to all counsel registered electronically. I hereby certify that a copy of this paper was mailed to non-registered ECF participants on July 25, 2017. s/Carolyn Ciesla Case Manager to Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen -2-

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