IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 25, 2011
ABEL CANO, PLAINTIFF,
B. ANKU, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a prison inmate proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with a civil rights action. On July 15, 2011, plaintiff filed his third request for the appointment of counsel. Plaintiff's previous requests, filed on October 22, 2008 and July 13, 2010, were denied. The court notes that plaintiff is evidently due to be paroled on or about August 14, 2011, well prior to the date of the trial confirmation hearing, now scheduled for September 7, 2011. See docket # 89 & # 92.
As plaintiff has been informed, 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 this instance, it does not appear that plaintiff will even be a prisoner by the time of the trial confirmation hearing, which should remove any impediment posed by incarceration for plaintiff to proceed pro se to trial. Moreover, while the case does involve a claim of inadequate medical care for a wrist injury,*fn1 the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances. The request will be denied but without prejudice to plaintiff's seeking the appointment of counsel before the district judge at the upcoming trial confirmation hearing.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's July 15, 2011 request (Docket No. 93) is denied without prejudice.