Peterson v. Lewien
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Petitioner's Motion for Appointment of Counsel (Filing No. 12 ) is denied without prejudice to reassertion. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(GJG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
RANDY S. PETERSON,
This matter is before the court on Petitioner’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel.
(Filing No. 12.) “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 Appointment of
Counsel (Filing No. 12) is denied without prejudice to reassertion.
DATED this 8th day of October, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge
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