Mattatall v. State of Rhode Island et al

Filing 7

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER, DENYING 3 Motion to Appoint Counsel filed by Stephen R. Mattatall. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Jacob Hagopian on 7/2/2007. (Duhamel, John)

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Mattatall v. State of Rhode Island et al Doc. 7 Case 1:07-cv-00234-ML-JH Document 7 Filed 07/02/2007 Page 1 of 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF RHODE ISLAND STEPHEN R. MATTATALL v. STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, et al. C.A. NO.07-234 ML MEMORANDUM AND ORDER Plaintiff Stephen R. Mattatall, pro se, is currently before the Court on a motion to appoint counsel to represent him in the instant civil action. In the appropriate case, the Court may request that an attorney represent a plaintiff in a civil action. However, there is no absolute constitutional right to a "free lawyer" in a civil case. DesRosier v. Moran, 949 F.2d 15,23 (1" Cir. 1991). Absent exceptional circumstances, the Court can not appoint counsel in a civil matter. Id.At 23. Exceptional circumstances can include, inter alia, the merits of the case, the complexity of the legal issues, and the litigant's ability to represent himself. Id. Here, I have reviewed the plaintiffs complaint and the motions that he has filed in this case. The issues presented in the complaint are not so complex that the plaintiff is unable to represent himself. Moreover, plaintiffs filings demonstrate that he is able to present the facts and the issues himself. Accordingly, plaintiffs motion to appoint counsel is DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. Jacob Hagopian Senior United States Magistrate Judge Date: 1.Lq'

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