Griffin v. Cellman et al

Filing 52

ORDER denying 40 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Terrance Griffin. Signed by Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett on 8/8/2017. (mwal)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Terrance Griffin, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) Correctional Officer Cellman; Correctional ) Officer Edgarton; Correctional Officer ) Bordem; Correctional Officer Blakely, ) ) Defendants. ) _____________________________________ ) C/A No. 0:17-152-MGL-PJG ORDER Plaintiff Terrance Griffin, proceeding pro se, filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging a violation of his constitutional rights. This matter is before the court on the plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel. (ECF No. 40.) There is no right to appointed counsel in § 1983 cases. Hardwick v. Ault, 517 F.2d 295 (5th Cir. 1975). The court may use its discretion to request counsel to represent an indigent in a civil action. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1); Mallard v. United States Dist. Court for S. Dist. of Iowa, 490 U.S. 296 (1989). However, such discretion “should be allowed only in exceptional cases.” Cook v. Bounds, 518 F.2d 779, 780 (4th Cir. 1975). Whether exceptional circumstances are present depends on the type and complexity of the case, and the pro se litigant’s ability to prosecute it. Whisenant v. Yuam, 739 F.2d 160 (4th Cir. 1984), abrogated on other grounds by Mallard, 490 U.S. 296. Upon review of the file, the court has determined that there are no exceptional or unusual circumstances presented at this time, nor would the plaintiff be denied due process if the court denied plaintiff’s request for counsel. Id. Further, the plaintiff has presented no evidence supporting a Page 1 of 2 finding that any health issues would interfere with his ability to prosecute his claims. Based on the pleadings before the court, the plaintiff writes well and appears capable of addressing the legal issues. Accordingly, the plaintiff’s motion requesting counsel under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1) is denied. IT IS SO ORDERED. ___________________________________ Paige J. Gossett UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE August 8, 2017 Columbia, South Carolina Page 2 of 2

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