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St. Martin v. Mayberg

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 28, 2009

MICHAEL G. ST. MARTIN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
STEPHEN MAYBERG, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff has requested the appointment of counsel. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that district courts lack authority to require counsel to represent indigent prisoners in § 1983 cases. Mallard v. United States Dist. Court, 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). In certain exceptional circumstances, the court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to 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, 1335-36 (9th Cir. 1990). In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances. Plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel will therefore be denied.

Plaintiff has also requested an extension of time to file objections to defendants' April 27, 2009 motion to dismiss. Good cause appearing, the request will be granted.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel (Docket No. 29) is denied;

2. Plaintiff's motion for an extension of time (Docket No. 29) is granted; and

3. Plaintiff is granted sixty days from the date of this order in which to file an opposition to defendants' April 27, 2009 motion to dismiss.

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