Trice v. Rodgers et al
OPINION MEMORANDUM re: 58 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Plaintiff Richard Matthew Trice. Motion is DENIED. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 58], is denied without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 10/15/20. (CMH)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
RICHARD M. TRICE,
ELI RODGERS, et. al,
No. 1:18CV000207 HEA
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of
Counsel [Doc. No. 58]. The motion will be denied, without prejudice.
There is no constitutional or statutory right to appointed counsel in civil
cases. Nelson v. Redfield Lithograph Printing, 728 F.2d 1003, 1004 (8th Cir.
1984). In determining whether to appoint counsel, the Court considers several
factors, including (1) whether the plaintiff has presented non-frivolous allegations
supporting his or her prayer for relief; (2) whether the plaintiff will substantially
benefit from the appointment of counsel; (3) whether there is a need to further
investigate and present the facts related to the plaintiff’s allegations; and (4)
whether the factual and legal issues presented by the action are complex. See
Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d 1319, 1322–23 (8th Cir. 1986); Nelson, 728 F.2d at
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After considering these factors, the Court finds that the appointment of
counsel is not warranted at this time. This case is neither factually nor legally
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of
Counsel [Doc. No. 58], is denied without prejudice.
Dated this 15th day of October, 2020.
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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