Jones v. City of North Platte et al
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).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
MARLIN E. JONES,
CITY OF NORTH PLATTE, et al.,
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.
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
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