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Lopez v. Peterson

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


September 23, 2009

ANDREW R. LOPEZ, PLAINTIFF,
v.
D. PETERSON, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He requests an extension of time to file and serve an amended complaint. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b). He also requests the appointment of 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, 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, 1335-36 (9th Cir. 1990). The court finds that there are no exceptional circumstances in this case.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's June 19, 2009 motion for appointment of counsel is denied.

2. Plaintiff's July 24, 2009, motion is granted and plaintiff has 30 days from the date this order is served to file and serve an amended complaint.

So ordered.

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