Johnson v. Blake et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Extension of Time [ 78 ] is GRANTED. The deadline for filing any response to Defendants motion for summary judgment, filed on January 7, 2014, is extended from February 7, 2014 to May 7, 2014. Any reply brief may be filed no later than May 19, 2014. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Appointment of Counsel [ 79 ] is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 1/29/14. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOSEPH M. JOHNSON,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s pro se Motion for Extension of Time (Doc. No.
78) and Motion for Appointment of Counsel. (Doc. No. 79) A review of the file indicates Plaintiff
has filed numerous requests for appointment of counsel. (Doc. Nos. 4, 14, 27, 29, 39, 56) The Court
has considered each request in light of relevant factors, see Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d 1319,
1322-23 (8th Cir. 1986) and Nelson v. Redfield Lithography Printing, 728 F.2d 1003, 1004 (8th Cir.
1984), and denied them without prejudice. (Doc. Nos. 9, 15, 32, 45, 57)
In his current motions, Plaintiff requests the Court appoint him counsel and grant him an
additional 90 days, presumably to respond to Defendants’ pending motion for summary judgment
filed January 7, 2014. (Doc. No. 74) Plaintiff states he suffers from a mental illness and is
medicated, severely limiting his ability to plead his claims.
Upon consideration, the Court will grant Plaintiff’s request for an extension of time to
respond to Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. With respect to his motion for appointment
of counsel, however, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s claims, while serious in nature, are
straightforward and do not involve intricate issues of law or fact. Plaintiff’s prior pleadings before
this Court have been articulate and straightforward. He has successfully filed several motions and
served discovery requests on Defendants, in addition to filing a notice of appeal to the Eighth
Circuit, demonstrating his ability to present his position. As such, Plaintiff’s motion for appointment
of counsel will be denied, without prejudice.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension of Time  is
GRANTED. The deadline for filing any response to Defendants’ motion for summary judgment,
filed on January 7, 2014, is extended from February 7, 2014 to May 7, 2014. Any reply brief may
be filed no later than May 19, 2014.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel  is
DENIED without prejudice.
Dated this 29th day of January, 2014.
JOHN A. ROSS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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