Ballou v. Kenney et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying the Plaintiff's 3 Motion to Appoint Counsel without prejudice to reassertion. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
RONALD L. BALLOU,
MICHAEL L. KENNEY, et al.,
Plaintiff seeks the appointment of counsel. (Filing No. 3.) 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.” Trial courts have
“broad discretion to decide whether both the plaintiff and the court will benefit from
the appointment of counsel, taking into account the factual and legal complexity of the
case, the presence or absence of conflicting testimony, and the plaintiff’s ability to
investigate the facts and present his claim.” Id. Having considered these factors, as
well as Plaintiff’s submissions regarding the matter (Filing Nos. 3, 4.), the court
concludes that Plaintiff does not require counsel at this time. However, the request
for the appointment of counsel will be denied without prejudice to reassertion.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel (Filing
No. 3) is denied without prejudice to reassertion.
DATED this 30th day of March, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge
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