Williams v. Warner

Filing 23

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge David W. Christel Denying Plaintiff's 21 Motion for Extension of Time and Motion to Appoint Counsel; and Re-noting the Motion for Injunctive Relief within the 21 Motion for Extension of Time and 22 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction for June 29, 2018. Plaintiff now has until June 26, 2018, to file his Amended Complaint. **5 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(James Williams, Prisoner ID: 740600)(GMR)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 8 9 10 JAMES A. WILLIAMS, 11 12 13 14 CASE NO. 3:17-cv-05615-BHS-DWC Plaintiff, ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME v. BERNARD E. WARNER, Defendant. 15 16 The District Court referred this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action to United States Magistrate 17 Judge David W. Christel. Plaintiff James A. Williams, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, 18 initiated this civil rights action in August of 2017. Dkt. 1. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion 19 for Extension of Time, containing a request for an extension of time as well as various requests 20 for injunctive relief and a request for appointed counsel. Dkt. 21. Plaintiff’s separate Motion for 21 Preliminary Injunction is also before the Court. Dkt. 22. 22 23 BACKGROUND After reviewing Plaintiff’s original Complaint, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause 24 or file an Amended Complaint on or before October 27, 2017. Dkt. 8. Plaintiff twice requested ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 1 1 the Court provide him additional time to file the Amended Complaint, which the Court granted. 2 Dkts. 10, 11, 13, 15. When Plaintiff failed to either show cause or file an Amended Complaint, 3 the Court again ordered him to show cause or amend his Complaint by May 11, 2018. Dkt. 18. 4 Plaintiff failed to do so. However, he filed a letter with the Clerk asking for additional time, 5 stating he had lost most of his legal materials, including cause numbers, and requesting new 6 copies and blank civil rights complaints to file amended complaint. Dkt. 13. 7 The Court granted Plaintiff until June 22, 2018, to file his Amended Complaint. Dkt. 20. 8 The Court explicitly warned Plaintiff, “[b]ecause this is Plaintiff’s third extension of time to file 9 the Amended Complaint and because Plaintiff failed to adhere to the last extension the Court 10 granted, the Court will look extremely disfavorably on any further delay.” Dkt. 20, p. 2. Despite 11 this admonishment, Plaintiff has now filed a new Motion for Extension of Time. Dkt. 21. In that 12 Motion, he has also included various requests for injunctive relief and a request for an attorney. 13 Id. Plaintiff subsequently filed a separate Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Dkt. 22. 14 15 16 DISCUSSION I. Motion for Extension The Court has warned Plaintiff it would not look favorably on any further delay in filing 17 his Amended Complaint. Here, instead of filing a Complaint as the Court instructed, Plaintiff has 18 filed 143 pages requesting additional time to file the Complaint, amongst various other requests. 19 Dkt. 21. Plaintiff has been given multiple extension to file an Amended Complaint since the first 20 Order to Show Cause was filed on September 26, 2017. See Dkt. 8. However, the Court will not 21 entertain further delay in this case. 22 Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension is denied. However, because the Court is denying this 23 Motion the same week as Plaintiff’s deadline to file his Amended Complaint, the Court will 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 2 1 provide some additional time to ensure Plaintiff receives notice that his Motion has been denied 2 before the deadline passes. Therefore, plaintiff now has until June 26, 2018 to file his Amended 3 Complaint with the Court, or the Court will recommend that his case be dismissed. 4 5 II. Request for Appointed Counsel Plaintiff has also requested the Court appoint him an attorney. No constitutional right to 6 appointed counsel exists in a § 1983 action. Storseth v. Spellman, 654 F.2d 1349, 1353 (9th Cir. 7 1981); see United States v. $292,888.04 in U.S. Currency, 54 F.3d 564, 569 (9th Cir. 1995) 8 (“[a]ppointment of counsel under this section is discretionary, not mandatory”). However, in 9 “exceptional circumstances,” a district court may appoint counsel for indigent civil litigants 10 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1). Rand v. Roland, 113F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997), 11 overruled on other grounds, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998). To decide whether exceptional 12 circumstances exist, the Court must evaluate both “the likelihood of success on the merits [and] 13 the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal 14 issues involved.” Wilborn v. Escalderon, 789 F.2d 1328, 1331 (9th Cir. 1986) (quoting 15 Weygandt v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983)). A plaintiff must plead facts showing he 16 has an insufficient grasp of his case or the legal issues involved and an inadequate ability to 17 articulate the factual basis of his claims. Agyeman v. Corrections Corp. of America, 390 F.3d 18 1101, 1103 (9th Cir. 2004). 19 Here, the Court initially ordered Plaintiff to file an Amended Complaint because his 20 initial filing was illegible. Dkt. 8. He still has not filed an Amended Complaint. As such, the 21 Court cannot evaluate whether Plaintiff is likely to succeed on the merits because the Court has 22 not yet been able to read his claims. Further, though Plaintiff has failed to file an Amended 23 Complaint, he has advocated for himself by filing several motions for extension. Though the 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 3 1 Court cannot evaluate Plaintiff’s claims on their merits, it concludes Plaintiff has the ability to 2 grasp the legal issues involved in his case. The Court determines Plaintiff has not demonstrated 3 the exceptional circumstances requiring an appointment of counsel. Insofar as Plaintiff’s Motion 4 for Extension includes a request for appointed counsel, his request is denied. 5 III. Requests for Injunctive Relief in Motion for Extension (Dkt. 21) and Separate Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 22) 6 Plaintiff has made several requests for preliminary injunction in his Motion for Extension 7 (Dkt. 21), and has filed a separate Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 22). However, 8 because Plaintiff has not yet filed an Amended Complaint and because the Court has not served 9 the Amended Complaint on Defendants, the Court cannot yet make a determination on whether 10 Plaintiff’s requests have merit. Therefore, insofar as Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension contains 11 requests for injunctive relief, the Clerk is directed to re-note that Motion to June 29, 2018, to 12 allow Plaintiff a final opportunity to file his Amended Complaint and allow the Court to evaluate 13 his requests for injunctive relief. The Clerk is also directed to re-note Plaintiff’s Motion for 14 Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 22) to June 29, 2018. 15 CONCLUSION 16 For the reasons stated above, the Court denies Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension (Dkt. 21). 17 Plaintiff now has until June 26, 2018, to file his Amended Complaint. If he fails to file an 18 Amended Complaint by that date, the Court will recommend his action be dismissed. 19 Insofar as Plaintiff requests injunctive relief in his Motion for Extension (Dkt. 21), the 20 Clerk is directed to re-note that Motion for June 29, 2018. The Clerk is also directed to re-note 21 22 23 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 4 1 the Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Dkt. 22) for June 29, 2018, so the Court can make a 2 recommendation on all his injunctive requests at the same time. 3 4 Dated this 19th day of June, 2018. A 5 6 David W. Christel United States Magistrate Judge 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 5

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