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Turner v. Sacramento County Jail

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


May 26, 2010

LAFONZO R. TURNER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY JAIL, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel with a civil rights action alleging violations of his constitutional rights in Sacramento County in 2005. On May 21, 2010, plaintiff filed a motion. (Dkt. No. 63.) That motion was not signed by plaintiff. Rule 11(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require that all documents submitted to this court be signed by the party if not represented by counsel and, if not, the court must strike the filing. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a). Because this motion was not signed by plaintiff, the filing must be stricken from the record.*fn1

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. Therefore, plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel is denied.

Plaintiff also filed a request for a copy of the court's docket sheet. The Clerk's Office does not provide copies of documents to parties. Copies of documents may be obtained from Attorney's Diversified Services (ADS): 1424 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Their phone number is 916-441-4396. The court will provide copies of the docket sheet at $0.50 per page. Checks in the exact amount are made payable to "Clerk, USDC." In Forma Pauperis status does not include the cost of copies. Plaintiff's request will be denied.

Attached to the request for a docket sheet were copies of plaintiff's correspondence with opposing counsel concerning discovery. Plaintiff is informed that court permission is not necessary for discovery requests and that discovery requests, responses, or correspondence concerning discovery should not be filed until such time as a party becomes dissatisfied with a response and seeks relief from the court pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Discovery requests between the parties shall not be filed with the court unless, and until, they are at issue. The attached correspondence will be disregarded.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's May 21, 2010 motion is stricken. (Dkt. No. 63.)

2. Plaintiff's May 21, 2010 request for the appointment of counsel is denied. (Dkt. No. 62.)

3. Plaintiff's May 2010 request for copies is denied, and the attached correspondence concerning discovery is disregarded. (Dkt. No. 64.)


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