IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 7, 2011
ORRIN COLBOURN, PLAINTIFF,
DEPUTY T. MANTEL, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiff is an inmate at the Sacramento County Main Jail proceeding pro se with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On October 11, 2011, an order was served on plaintiff at his address of record. On October 25, 2011, plaintiff's copy of the order was returned as not deliverable as addressed. In light of information contained in a declaration filed by counsel for defendants in another action pending in this court, Case No. 2:09-cv-2006 MCE GGH P*fn1 , and good cause appearing, counsel for defendants shall take all steps necessary to secure delivery of the October 11, 2011 order to plaintiff and shall file certification thereof within ten days from the date of this order.
On October 24, 2011, plaintiff filed a motion for 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 motion request for the appointment of counsel will therefore be denied.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order together with a copy of this court's October 11, 2011 order on counsel for defendants;
2. Counsel for defendants shall forthwith take all steps necessary to secure delivery of a copy of the October 11, 2011 order to plaintiff and shall file certification thereof within ten days from the date of this order; and
3. Plaintiff's October 24, 2011 motion for the appointment of counsel is denied.