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Jean-Pierre K. Thomas v. M. P. Garcia

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


March 14, 2012

JEAN-PIERRE K. THOMAS,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
M. P. GARCIA, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR ( DOCUMENT # 104)

APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL

On January 19, 2012, Plaintiff, a California state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a motion seeking the appointment of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), now codified at § 1915(e)(1). Pursuant to § 1915(e)(1), "[t]he court may request an attorney to represent any person unable to afford counsel." This section applies to persons proceeding in forma pauperis. See Mallard v. United States Dist. Court for Southern Dist., 490 U.S. 296, 298 (1989). Plaintiff is not proceeding in forma pauperis in this action, having paid the filing fee in full. Thus, the Court lacks statutory authority to appoint counsel to represent Plaintiff.

For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff's motion for the appointment of counsel is HEREBY DENIED.

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