Doe v. Knutson
ORDER that the Defendant's Motion for Appointment of Counsel (Filing No. 10 ) is denied. Defendant's Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Filing No. 11 ) is denied. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (LAC)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
This matter comes before the court on Defendant’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel
(Filing No. 10) and Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. (Filing No. 11.) The
motions will be denied.
“Indigent civil litigants do not have a constitutional or statutory right to appointed
counsel.” Davis v. Scott, 94 F.3d 444, 447 (8th Cir. 1996). Trial courts have “broad discretion
to decide whether both the [indigent litigant] and the court will benefit from the appointment of
counsel, taking into account the factual and legal complexity of the case, the presence or absence
of conflicting testimony, and the [indigent litigant’s] ability to investigate the facts and present
his claim.” Id. Having considered these factors, the Court finds that appointment of counsel is
not warranted at this time.
The Court interprets Defendant’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, which
was prepared using state court forms, as the mechanism by which Defendant is attempting to
obtain counsel. Thus, this motion will be denied.
IT IS ORDERED:
Defendant’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel (Filing No. 10) is denied.
Defendant’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Filing No. 11) is
Dated this 19th day of May, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Susan M. Bazis
United States Magistrate Judge
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