In Re Application of: Amikhet En Maati
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that the 24 Motion for Miscellaneous Relief and 25 Motion to Appoint Counsel, Allow Discovery, and Grant an Evidentiary Hearing are denied without prejudice. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (ADB)
In Re Application of: Amikhet En Maati
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
AMIKHET EN MAATI,
STATE OF NEBRASKA,
This matter is before the court on Petitioner’s Motions requesting an evidentiary
hearing, discovery, additional state court records, and the appointment of counsel.
(Filing Nos. 24 and 25). As discussed below, Petitioner’s Motions will be denied
without prejudice to reassertion.
I. Requests for an Evidentiary Hearing, Discovery, and State Court Records
Petitioner has requested that an evidentiary hearing be conducted on his claims.
Rule 8(a) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District
Courts states in pertinent part: “If the petition is not dismissed, the judge must review
the answer, any transcripts and records of state-court proceedings, and any materials
submitted under Rule 7 to determine whether an evidentiary hearing is warranted.”
When deciding whether to grant an evidentiary hearing, a federal court must consider
whether such a hearing could enable the habeas petitioner to prove the petition’s factual
allegations, which, if true, would entitle the petitioner to federal habeas relief on his
claims. Schriro v. Landrigan, 550 U.S. 465, 474 (2007). An evidentiary hearing may
be held only when the habeas petition “alleges sufficient grounds for release, relevant
facts are in dispute, and the state courts did not hold a full and fair evidentiary hearing.”
Sawyer v. Hofbauer, 299 F.3d 605, 610 (6th Cir. 2002) (internal quotation omitted).
Here, the court has not yet reviewed the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus,
Respondent’s Answer, or the State Court Records. Without reviewing these materials,
the court is unable to determine whether an evidentiary hearing, discovery, or additional
state court records are necessary. Accordingly, the court will deny Petitioner’s requests
for an evidentiary hearing, discovery, and additional state court records. The court will
reconsider Petitioner’s Motions if, following review of the record in this matter, the
court determines that an evidentiary hearing, discovery, and additional state court
records are necessary.
Motion to Appoint Counsel
Petitioner has asked for the appointment of counsel in this matter. “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) (citations omitted). 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 time.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: Petitioner’s Motion for Miscellaneous
Relief (Filing No. 24), and Motion to Appoint Counsel, Allow Discovery, and Grant
an Evidentiary Hearing (Filing No. 25) are denied without prejudice.
DATED this 14th day of August, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge
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