(PC) Sadiq v. Roberts

2:09-cv-01171 | E.D. Cal. | Nov 24, 2010

Case 2:09-cv-01171-LKK-EFB Document 34 Filed 11/24/10 Page 1 of 1

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA JABIR SADIQ, Plaintiff, No. CIV S-09-1171 LKK EFB P vs. LT. ROBERTS, et al., Defendants. ORDER / Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He has requested that the court appoint counsel. District courts lack authority to require counsel to represent indigent prisoners in section 1983 cases. Mallard v. United States Dist. Court , 490 U.S. 296" date_filed="1989-05-01" court="SCOTUS" case_name="Mallard v. United States Dist. Court for Southern Dist. of Iowa">490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). In exceptional circumstances, the court may request counsel voluntarily to represent such a plaintiff. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1); Terrell v. Brewer , 935 F.2d 1015, 1017 (9th Cir. 1991); Wood v. Housewright , 900 F.2d 1332" date_filed="1990-04-02" court="9th Cir." case_name="David Poe Wood v. Vernon G. Housewright, George Sumner">900 F.2d 1332, 1335-36 (9th Cir. 1990). The court finds that there are no exceptional circumstances in this case.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s November 18, 2010 request for appointment of counsel is denied. DATED: November 24, 2010.