Jenkins v. Houston
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that Petitioner's Motion for Appointment of Counsel 23 is denied without prejudice to reassertion. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (JSF)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
MICHAEL L. KENNEY,
This matter is before the court on Petitioner’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel.
(Filing No. 23.) “There is neither a constitutional nor statutory right to counsel in habeas
proceedings; instead, [appointment] is committed to the discretion of the trial court.”
McCall v. Benson, 114 F.3d 754, 756 (8th Cir. 1997). As a general rule, counsel will not
be appointed unless the case is unusually complex or the petitioner’s ability to investigate
and articulate the claims is unusually impaired or an evidentiary hearing is required. See,
e.g., Morris v. Dormire, 217 F.3d 556, 558-59 (8th Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 984
(2000); Hoggard v. Purkett, 29 F.3d 469, 471 (8th Cir. 1994). See also Rule 8(c) of the
Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts (requiring
appointment of counsel if an evidentiary hearing is warranted.) The court has carefully
reviewed the record and finds that there is no need for the appointment of counsel at this
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: Petitioner’s Motion for Appointment of
Counsel (Filing No. 23) is denied without prejudice to reassertion.
DATED this 23rd day of June, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge
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