Trevino v. Stephens
OPINION AND ORDER denying without prejudice 21 Motion to Appoint Counsel.(Signed by Magistrate Judge B Janice Ellington) Parties notified.(lcayce, 2)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
WILLIAM STEPHENS, et al,
February 01, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:16-CV-24
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE
MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
Petitioner filed this § 2254 petition on January 11, 2016, and April 18, 2016,
challenging his 2013 conviction and 45-year prison sentence imposed by the 148th
District Court of Nueces County for Possession of a Controlled Substance (D.E. 1, 6). A
recommendation is pending before the District Court to dismiss the petition as timebarred (D.E. 18) and Petitioner has filed his objections (D.E. 19, 20).
Petitioner's second motion for appointment of counsel (D.E. 21).
There is no constitutional right to counsel in federal habeas proceedings. Johnson
v. Hargett, 978 F.2d 855 (5th Cir. 1992). Rule 8 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases
requires that counsel be appointed if the habeas petition raises issues which mandate an
An evidentiary hearing will be scheduled and counsel will be
assigned sua sponte if there are issues which mandate a hearing, but presently there are
Moreover, counsel may be assigned if discovery is ordered and issues
necessitating the assignment of counsel are evident. Rule 6(a) of the Rules Governing §
2254 Cases; Thomas v. Scott, 47 F.3d 713, 715 n. 1 (5th Cir. 1995). Accordingly,
petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel (D.E. 21) is denied without prejudice.
ORDERED this 1st day of February, 2017.
B. JANICE ELLINGTON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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