IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 24, 2012
DEANGELO CLAY, PLAINTIFF,
J. WALKER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
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. Plaintiff's request for the appointment of counsel will therefore be denied.
Plaintiff has also requested that another inmate, acting as plaintiff's legal assistant, be present at plaintiff's videotaped deposition. As plaintiff has no right to the presence of an inmate legal assistant at his deposition, the court will deny this request.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's January 6, 2012 motion for legal assistant (Dkt. No. 56) is denied;
2. Plaintiff's January 9, 2012 motion to appoint counsel (Dkt. No. 57) is denied.
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