Jones v. City of North Platte et al

Filing 9

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel (filing no. 8 ) is denied without prejudice to reassertion. Ordered by Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (AOA) Modified on 8/17/2011 to change the title (AOA).

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA MARLIN E. JONES, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF NORTH PLATTE, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 8:11CV130 MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Counsel. (Filing No. 8.) 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. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Counsel (filing no. 8) is denied without prejudice to reassertion. DATED this 17th day of August, 2011. BY THE COURT: Richard G. Kopf United States District Judge *This opinion may contain hyperlinks to other documents or W eb sites. The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska does not endorse, recommend, approve, or guarantee any third parties or the services or products they provide on their W eb sites. Likewise, the court has no agreements with any of these third parties or their Web sites. The court accepts no responsibility for the availability or functionality of any hyperlink. Thus, the fact that a hyperlink ceases to work or directs the user to some other site does not affect the opinion of the court.

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