Teen v. Poland

Filing 19

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without prejudice. [ECF No. 18] Signed by District Judge Ronnie L. White on 6/4/18. (KXS)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION ANTRELL ANTHONY TEEN, Plaintiff, v. DREW POLAND, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 4:17-CV-1787 RLW MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel. The motion will be denied without prejudice. "A pro se litigant has no statutory or constitutional right to have counsel appointed in a civil case." Stevens v. Redwing, 146 F.3d 538, 546 (8th Cir. 1998). When determining whether to appoint counsel for an indigent litigant, the Court considers relevant factors, such as the complexity of the case, the ability of the pro se litigant to investigate the facts, the existence of conflicting testimony, and the ability of the prose litigant to present his or her claim. Id. After reviewing these factors, the Court finds that the appointment of counsel is not warranted at this time. 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. The Court will entertain future motions for appointment of counsel as the case progresses. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without p:e~e. [ECF No. 18] Dated this~ day of June, 2018. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -2-

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