Gooden v. Douglas County Department of Corrections

Filing 26

ORDER that Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel 23 is denied. Ordered by Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (copy mailed to pro se party)(CJP)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA LAURENCE R. GOODEN, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) JEFFREY L. NEWTON, ) Director/Facility Administrator for ) Douglas County Dept. of Corrections, ) ) Defendant. ) 8:07CV319 MEMORANDUM AND ORDER Plaintiff filed a Motion to Appoint Counsel. (Filing No. 23). However, 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. The request for the appointment of counsel is therefore denied without prejudice. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel (filing no. 23) is denied. October 8, 2008. BY THE COURT: s/ Joseph F. Bataillon Chief United States District Judge

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