Strickland v. Williams et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel 25 is denied. Plaintiff's Motion for Discovery 29 and Motion to Stay Interrogatories 34 are denied. Ordered by Judge Laurie Smith Camp. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(KBJ)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA JOHN P. STRICKLAND, Plaintiff, v. Dr. JANSEN J. WILLIAMS, NURSE KERRY CROPP, NURSE DENNIS FRITZEN, and JOHN DOES, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
C AS E NO. 4:08CV3081
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel (Filing No. 25), Motion for Discovery (Filing No. 29), and Motion to Stay Interrogatories (Filing No. 34). This is Plaintiff's third Motion to Appoint Counsel.1 As the court has previously informed Plaintiff, the court cannot routinely appoint counsel in civil cases. In Davis v. Scott, 94 F.3d 444, 447 (8th Cir. 1996), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals explained that "[i]ndigent civil litigants do not have a constitutional or statutory right to appointed counsel. . . . The trial court has broad discretion to decide whether both the plaintiff and the court will benefit from the appointment of counsel . . . ." Id. (quotation and citation omitted). No such benefit is apparent here and the Motion to Appoint Counsel is denied. Plaintiff's Motion for Discovery (Filing No. 29) appears to be a request for documents directed to Defendants. Pursuant to the Progression Order entered on October 6, 2008, Plaintiff does not need permission to engage in discovery. The Motion for Discovery is therefore denied. In his Motion to Stay Interrogatories, Plaintiff requests that the court "stay" the interrogatories served on him by Defendants until after the court rules
Plaintiff's previous two Motions to Appoint Counsel (Filing Nos. 6 and 13) were denied. (Filing Nos. 8 and 24.)
on the pending Motion to Appoint Counsel. (Filing No. 34.) The court has now denied the appointment of counsel and Plaintiff must respond to the interrogatories without further delay. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: 1. 2. Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel (Filing No. 25) is denied; and Plaintiff's Motion for Discovery (Filing No. 29) and Motion to Stay Interrogatories (Filing No. 34) are denied.
D a te d this 16 th day of December, 2008. B Y THE COURT:
s /L a u rie Smith Camp U n ite d States District Judge
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