Batchelor v. Evans Medical Staff et al
ORDER denying 50 Motion to Appoint Counsel; denying 60 Motion to Produce; denying 61 Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kaymani D West on 12/19/2012.(mcot, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Walter Clinton Batchelor,
Evans Medical Staff; Dr. Drago; Nurse
Stoke; Nurse Spivey; Nurse Smith; Dr.
Tomarchio; Warden Eagleton; SCDC
C/A No. : 5:12-2585-DCN-KDW
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, seeks relief pursuant to Title 42, United States Code, §
1983. This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Second Motion to Appoint Counsel, ECF
No. 50, Motion to Produce, ECF No. 60, and Motion to Compel, ECF No. 61.
the provisions of Title 28, United States Code, Section 636(b)(1), and Local Rule
73.02(B)(2)(d), D.S.C., the undersigned magistrate judge is authorized to review all pretrial
matters in prisoner petitions filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Second Motion to Appoint Counsel, ECF No. 50
On November 11, 2012, Plaintiff filed a Second Motion for Appointment of Counsel
informing the Court that he was having difficulty proceeding with his case and that he was
“becoming overwhelmed with all this stuff and really need[s] help.” ECF No. 50. Plaintiff
requests that the Court appoint counsel to represent him in this matter. Id.
There is no right to appointed counsel in § 1983 cases. Cf. Hardwick v. Ault, 517 F.2d
295 (5th Cir. 1975). Although the court is granted the power to exercise its discretion to
appoint counsel for an indigent in a civil action, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1); Smith v. Blackledge,
451 F.2d 1201 (4th Cir. 1971), such appointment “should be allowed only in exceptional
cases.” Cook v. Bounds, 518 F.2d 779, 780 (4th Cir. 1975). The Fourth Circuit has stated
that the existence of exceptional circumstances “will turn on the quality of two basic factors the type and complexity of the case, and the abilities of the individuals bringing it.” Brock v.
City of Richmond, 983 F.2d 1055 (4th Cir.1993) (unpublished table decision) (quoting
Whisenant v. Yaum, 739 F.2d 160, 163 (4th Cir. 1984)).
The court has reviewed the pleadings and other documents filed by Plaintiff and has
determined that there are no exceptional or unusual circumstances presented which would
justify the appointment of counsel. Whisenant, 739 F.2d 160. Further, Plaintiff has shown
that he is able to represent his interests to this point in the lawsuit and Plaintiff’s participation
in this case has been adequate. Id. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s second request for a discretionary
appointment of counsel, ECF No. 50, is denied.
Plaintiff’s Motion to Produce, ECF No. 60 and Motion to Compel, ECF No. 61
Plaintiff filed a Motion to Compel and a Motion to Produce on November 19, 2012,
requesting that the court order Defendants to respond to his Requests for Production, ECF
No. 60, and that the court order Defendants Drago and Tomarchio to respond to his First Set
of Interrogatories, ECF No. 61. Plaintiff contends that his interrogatories and requests for
production were served on October 3, 2012 and that Defendants have failed to respond. ECF
Nos. 60 at 1, 61 at 1. Plaintiff also asks for the court to order Defendants to pay him $175 as
“reasonable expenses in obtaining this Order on the grounds that the Defendants’ refusal to
answer or produce documents had no substantial justification.” ECF Nos. 60 at 2, 61 at 2.
The court observes that Defendants were not served with the Complaint in this matter until
December 5, 2012, approximately two months after Plaintiff had served his discovery
requests. Plaintiff’s Motion to Produce, ECF No. 60, and Motion to Compel, ECF No. 61,
are therefore premature; Defendants shall have until January 16, 2013 to respond to
Plaintiff’s discovery requests. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion to Produce, ECF No. 60, and
Motion to Compel, ECF No. 61, are denied.
For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s Second Motion to Appoint Counsel, ECF 50,
and Plaintiff’s Motion to Produce, ECF No. 60, and Motion to Compel, ECF No. 61, are
IT IS SO ORDERED.
December 19, 2012
Florence, South Carolina
Kaymani D. West
United States Magistrate Judge
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