Eggum v. Uttecht
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER re 82 MOTION to Appoint Counsel filed by Marlow Todd Eggum; FPD to advise court within 21 days by Hon. Mary Alice Theiler. **2 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(Marlow Eggum, Prisoner ID: 879587)(RS) cc FPD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
MARLOW TODD EGGUM,
Case No. C14-1328-RAJ-MAT
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO
FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR
This is a 28 U.S.C. § 2254 federal habeas action. Petitioner has filed a motion to appoint
counsel. (Dkt. 82.) There is no constitutional right to appointment of counsel in actions brought
under § 2254; however, the Court may exercise its discretion to appoint counsel for a financially
eligible individual where the “interests of justice so require.” 18 U.S.C. § 3006A; see also
Weygardt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952 (9th Cir. 1983). It appears from the record that appointment of
counsel may be warranted in the instant action. The Court thus ORDERS:
This matter is referred to the Office of the Federal Public Defender for review.
Within twenty-one (21) days of the date this Order is signed, the Office of the
Federal Public Defender shall advise the Court whether it intends to seek appointment in this
matter. If the Office of the Federal Public Defender determines that it will seek appointment in
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this matter, it shall assist petitioner in preparing a revised motion for appointment of counsel, as
well as a financial affidavit that will allow the Court to determine whether petitioner is
financially eligible for such an appointment.
The Clerk is directed to send copies of this Order to the parties, to the Office of
the Federal Public Defender, and to the Honorable Richard A. Jones.
DATED this 7th day of February, 2017.
Mary Alice Theiler
United States Magistrate Judge
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