Bush v. Bauman
ORDER denying 9 Motion to Appoint Counsel ; granting 10 Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Brief Reply due by 4/12/2017. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case Number: 2:16-CV-12542
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
CATHERINE S. BAUMAN,
ORDER GRANTING PETITIONER’S MOTION TO EXTEND TIME TO
FILE REPLY BRIEF AND DENYING MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL
Petitioner Henry Bush filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The Court ordered Respondent to file a
responsive pleading by January 12, 2017, and allowed Petitioner 45 days
from the date of the responsive pleading to submit a reply. Now before the
Court are Petitioner’s Motion to Extend Time to File Reply Brief and Motion
for Appointment of Counsel.
Petitioner requests until April 12, 2017 to file a reply brief. “When an
act may or must be done within a specified time, the court may, for good
cause, extend the time . . . with or without motion or notice if the court acts,
or if a request is made, before the original time or its extension expires.”
Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b)(1)(A). Petitioner claims to require additional time to
prepare his reply brief because he has limited access to the prison law
library and no experience with the law. The Court finds that Petitioner has
established good cause and grants his motion.
Petitioner also seeks the appointment of counsel. Petitioner has no
absolute right to be represented by counsel on federal habeas corpus
review. See Abdur-Rahman v. Michigan Dept. of Corrections, 65 F.3d 489,
492 (6th Cir. 1995); see also Wright v. West, 505 U.S. 277, 293 (1992)
(citing Pennsylvania v. Finley, 481 U.S. 551, 555 (1987)). “‘[A]ppointment
of counsel in a civil case is . . . a matter within the discretion of the court. It
is a privilege and not a right.’” Childs v. Pellegrin, 822 F.2d 1382, 1384 (6th
Cir. 1987). A habeas petitioner may obtain representation at any stage of
the case “[w]henever the United States magistrate or the court determines
that the interests of justice so require.” 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B). The
Court determines that the interests of justice do not require appointment of
Accordingly, Petitioner’s Motion to Extend Time to File Reply Brief
(ECF No. 10) is GRANTED, and the time for filing a reply brief is extended
until April 12, 2017.
Petitioner’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel (ECF No. 9) is
Dated: March 29, 2017
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
March 29, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail Henry S.
Bush #33830, Alger Maximum Correctional Facility,
N6141 Industrial Park Drive, Munising, MI 49862.
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