Plaintiff is an inmate at the Butte County Jail and is proceeding pro se. Plaintiff seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and has filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. This proceeding was referred to the undersigned magistrate judge in accordance with Local Rule 302 and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Plaintiff has submitted an in forma pauperis application that makes the showing required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Accordingly, plaintiff will be granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
Plaintiff is required to pay the statutory filing fee of $350.00 for this action. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914(a) & 1915(b)(1). An initial partial filing fee of $5.06 will be assessed by this order. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). By separate order, the court will direct the appropriate agency to collect the initial partial filing fee from plaintiff's prison trust account and forward it to the Clerk of the Court. Thereafter, plaintiff will be obligated to make monthly payments of twenty percent of the preceding month's income credited to plaintiff's prison trust account. These payments will be collected and forwarded by the appropriate agency to the Clerk of the Court each time the amount in plaintiff's account exceeds $10.00, until the filing fee is paid in full. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
Plaintiff's complaint appears to state a cognizable claim for relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). In this regard, the court construes plaintiff's complaint as presenting an Eighth Amendment claim for the use of excessive force against him as well as a state law claim for negligence.*fn1 If the allegations of the complaint are proven, plaintiff has a reasonable opportunity to prevail on the merits of this action as to defendant officer Bryant. However, the court will not order service on defendants Young, George, Louderback or the County of Butte. Plaintiff has not presented any factual allegations in his complaint suggesting that defendants Young, George or Louderback were involved in the alleged use of excessive force that resulted in plaintiff's broken finger. There are also no factual allegations in the pending complaint concerning the County of Butte.*fn2
Plaintiff has also 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.
Finally, on January 25, 2011, plaintiff requested a sixty-day "extension" so that his father could obtain private counsel to represent plaintiff in this action. The motion will be denied as moot since more than sixty days have passed since the request was filed and private counsel has not sought leave to substitute in as counsel of record on plaintiff's behalf.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's August 27, 2010 application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2) is granted.
2. Plaintiff is obligated to pay the statutory filing fee of $350.00 for this action. Plaintiff is assessed an initial partial filing fee of $5.06. All fees shall be collected and paid in accordance with this court's order to the Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation filed concurrently herewith.
3. Service of the complaint is appropriate for defendant officer Bryant.
4. The Clerk of the Court shall send plaintiff one USM-285 forms, one summons, an instruction sheet, and a copy of the complaint filed August 27, 2010.
5. Within thirty days from the date of this order, plaintiff shall complete the attached Notice of Submission of Documents and submit all of the following documents to the court at the same time:
a. The completed, signed Notice of Submission ...