IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 12, 2009
YONG LOR, PETITIONER,
TOM FELKER, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus. James Kor, petitioner's fellow inmate, has filed a letter on his behalf explaining that he has been assisting petitioner with this case but believes he will be transferred to a different prison in the near future. Mr. Kor emphasizes that petitioner does not have an adequate understanding of the English language, which in his view should enhance petitioner's eligibility for appointment of counsel.
The court has construed Mr. Kor's letter as a request for appointment of counsel. There currently exists no absolute right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. See Nevius v. Sumner, 105 F.3d 453, 460 (9th Cir. 1996). However, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A authorizes the appointment of counsel at any stage of the case "if the interests of justice so require." See Rule 8(c), Fed. R. Governing § 2254 Cases. In the present case, the court does not find that the interests of justice would be served by the appointment of counsel at the present time.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioner's January 7, 2009 request for appointment of counsel (Doc. No. 7) is denied.
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