IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 1, 2009
JOHN ROBB, PETITIONER,
D.K. SISTO, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with an application for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. This action was filed on February 11, 2009. Two days after the petition was filed, the filing fee of $5.00 was paid for this action. On March 24, 2009, petitioner filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis and a motion for appointment of counsel.
Examination of the in forma pauperis affidavit reveals that petitioner is unable to afford any additional costs that may be associated with this action. Accordingly, the request for leave to proceed in forma pauperis will be granted. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
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, petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel will be denied without prejudice.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Petitioner's March 24, 2009 application to proceed in forma pauperis is granted; and
2. Petitioner's March 24, 2009 motion for appointment of counsel is denied without prejudice.
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