Bank of America et al v. Pennington-Thurman
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants Motion for Appointment of Counsel [ECF No. 4] is DENIED, without prejudice. re: 4 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Defendant Wilma M. Pennington-Thurman. Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on 3/17/15. (JWJ)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BANK OF AMERICA, et al.
WILMA M. PENNINGTON-THURMAN,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Defendant’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel, filed
on February 27, 2015 (ECF No. 4).
With respect to Defendant=s Motion for Appointment of Counsel, 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 defendant has presented non-frivolous arguments, whether the
defendant will substantially benefit from the appointment of counsel, whether there is a need to
further investigate and present the facts related to the defendant’s defenses, 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
After considering Defendant’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
Wilma M. Pennington-Thurman indicate that she is capable of presenting the facts and legal issues
without the assistance of counsel. Defendant’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel will therefore
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel [ECF
No. 4] is DENIED, without prejudice.
Dated this 17th day of March, 2015.
RONNIE L. WHITE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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