Calleja v. Ring
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner's motions for appointment of counsel are DENIED. (Doc. Nos. 2 & 8). Signed by District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig on 10/2/2012. (KSM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JAVIER PENA CALLEJA,
Case No. 4:12CV01433 AGF
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Petitioner’s motion for appointment of
counsel. Petitioner, a committed resident of the Missouri Sexual Offender Rehabilitation
and Treatment Services program, seeks federal habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
Petitioner asserts that his civil commitment, following his prison sentence for first degree
sodomy, aggravated battery, and sexual battery, is unconstitutional for various reasons
involving his immigration status. Specifically, he alleges that he was committed despite
the entry of a federal judge’s order requiring his immediate deportation upon completion
of his prison sentence, and therefore that his current civil commitment is unlawful.
There is no constitutional right for an indigent habeas petitioner to have
counsel appointed, although the Court has discretion to appoint an attorney when
necessary. Morris v. Dormire, 217 F.3d 556, 558 (8th Cir. 2000); Nachtigall v. Class, 48
F.3d 1076, 1081 (8th Cir. 1995). Among the factors a court should consider in making
this determination are the factual and legal complexity of the case, the ability of the
petitioner to present the facts and present his claims, and the degree to which the
petitioner and the Court would benefit from such an appointment. Morris, 217 F.3d at
558-59; Hoggard v. Purkett, 29 F.3d 469, 471 (8th Cir. 1994).
Upon review of the record and the relevant factors, the Court finds that
Petitioner raises neither complex nor novel issues and that appointment of counsel is not
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner’s motions for appointment of
counsel are DENIED. (Doc. Nos. 2 & 8.)
AUDREY G. FLEISSIG
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 2nd day of October, 2012
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