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Armentero v. Levan

July 24, 2009

LUIS LORENZO ARMENTERO, PLAINTIFF,
v.
C. LEVAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



ORDER AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Plaintiff is a state prison inmate proceeding pro se with a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Several of his motions are pending before the court.

1. Motion To Appoint Counsel

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.

2. Motion For Default Judgment

Plaintiff claims that defendant Taylor has failed to file an answer or otherwise undertake a defense to the complaint. Plaintiff is mistaken. Defendant Taylor answered the complaint on July 12, 2007.

3. Requests For A Trial Date

Plaintiff has filed two requests that the court set a trial date. Further dates will be set, if necessary, after the resolution of the pending motion for summary judgment.

4. Plaintiff's Motion For Summary Judgment

In the scheduling order of July 25, 2007, the court set January 4, 2008 as the deadline for dispositive motions. Defendant Taylor sought permission to file a renewed motion for summary judgment outside this schedule; plaintiff did not. Accordingly, his motion is not timely.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel (docket no. 58) is denied;

2. Plaintiff's motion for the entry of default (docket no. 54) is denied; and

3. Plaintiff's requests that the court set a trial date (docket nos. 56 & 57) are denied without prejudice.

IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that plaintiff's motion for summary judgment (docket no. 59) ...


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