Watson et al v. Witty et al
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel [Doc. # 17 ] is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 3/20/17. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
TERRY G. WATSON,
KAREY L. WITTEY, et al.,
No. 2:16CV71 PLC
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel. After reviewing the
record before this Court, plaintiff’s motion will be denied.
Plaintiff, an inmate at Moberly Correctional Center, has brought the present action before
the Court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Court did a
pre-service review of this action, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915, on March 9, 2017. In the preservice review, the Court found that plaintiff’s claims for deliberate indifference to his serious
medical needs relative to his leg and back issue survive review with respect to Dr. Aschok
Chada, Dr. Paul Jones and Cathy Barton (Corizon, LLC, employees). The Court found that
several of plaintiff’s ADA claims also survive review with respect to MDOC employees Lisa
Pogue, Michelle Buckner, Correctional Officer Allen. See Memorandum and Order issued
March 9, 2017, Docket No. 40. Plaintiff’s additional claims, however, were dismissed.
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 1005.
Plaintiff has presented non-frivolous allegations in his complaint. However, he has
demonstrated, at this point, that he can adequately present his claims to the Court. Additionally,
neither the factual nor the legal issues in this case are complex.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel [Doc.
#17] is DENIED without prejudice.
Dated this 20th day of March, 2017.
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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