Hefley v. Redington et al

Filing 18

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel (ECF No. 12 ) is DENIED, without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on July 19, 2021. (BRP)

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Case: 2:21-cv-00041-RLW Doc. #: 18 Filed: 07/19/21 Page: 1 of 2 PageID #: 197 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI NORTHEASTERN DIVISION DUSTIN HEFLEY, Plaintiff, v. DANIEL REDINGTON, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 2:21CV41 RLW MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel (ECF No. 12). There is no constitutional or statutory right to appointed counsel in a civil case. Nelson v. Redfield Lithograph Printing, 728 F.2d 1003, 1004 (8th Cir. 1984). In determining whether to appoint counsel, courts consider factors that include whether the plaintiff has presented non-frivolous allegations supporting his prayer for relief, whether the plaintiff will substantially benefit from the appointment of counsel, whether there is a need to further investigate and present the facts related to the plaintiff’s allegations, and whether the factual and legal issues presented by the action are complex. See Battle v. Armontrout, 902 F.2d 701, 702 (8th Cir. 1990); Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d 1319, 1322-23 (8th Cir. 1986); Nelson, 728 F.2d at 1005. Case: 2:21-cv-00041-RLW Doc. #: 18 Filed: 07/19/21 Page: 2 of 2 PageID #: 198 After considering Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel, in view of the relevant factors, the Court finds that the facts and legal issues presented in the instant case are not so complex as to warrant the appointment of counsel at this time. In addition, the pleadings filed by Dustin Hefley, indicate that he is capable of presenting the facts and legal issues without the assistance of counsel. Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel will therefore be denied. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel (ECF No. 12) is DENIED, without prejudice. Dated this 19th day of July, 2021. __________________________________ RONNIE L. WHITE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE −2−

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