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Edward Samuel Fuller v. Aikens

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 15, 2012

EDWARD SAMUEL FULLER,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
AIKENS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lawrence J. O'Neill United States District Judge

ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION (Doc. 11)

Plaintiff Edward Samuel Fuller, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on June 13, 2012. On August 9, 2012, Plaintiff filed a motion seeking reconsideration of the Magistrate Judge's order denying his motion for the appointment of counsel.

I. Legal Standard

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(6) allows the Court to relieve a party from an order for any reason that justifies relief. Rule 60(b)(6) "is to be used sparingly as an equitable remedy to prevent manifest injustice and is to be utilized only where extraordinary circumstances . . ." exist. Harvest v. Castro, 531 F.3d 737, 749 (9th Cir. 2008) (internal quotations marks and citation omitted). The moving party "must demonstrate both injury and circumstances beyond his control . . . ." Id. (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). In seeking reconsideration of an order, Local Rule 78-230(k) requires Plaintiff to show "what new or different facts or circumstances are claimed to exist which did not exist or were not shown upon such prior motion, or what other grounds exist for the motion."

"A motion for reconsideration should not be granted, absent highly unusual circumstances, unless the district court is presented with newly discovered evidence, committed clear error, or if there is an intervening change in the controlling law," and it "may not be used to raise arguments or present evidence for the first time when they could reasonably have been raised earlier in the litigation." Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc. v. Mucos Pharma GmbH & Co., 571 F.3d 873, 880 (9th Cir. 2009) (internal quotations marks and citations omitted) (emphasis in original).

II. Discussion and Order

In cases such as this, the Court may request the voluntary assistance of counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1) only if exceptional circumstances exist. Palmer v. Valdez, 560 F.3d 965, 970 (9th Cir. 2009); Wilborn v. Escalderon, 789 F.2d 1328, 1331 (9th Cir. 1986). In making this determination, the Court is required to evaluate the likelihood of success on the merits and the ability of Plaintiff to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved. Palmer, 560 F.3d at 970 (citation and quotation marks omitted); Wilborn, 789 F.2d at 1331.

The Magistrate Judge did not err in denying Plaintiff's motion for the appointment of counsel, which was brought shortly after suit was filed. Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc., 571 F.3d at 880. Once the Court is able to evaluate Plaintiff's likelihood of success on the merits, it will take into consideration Plaintiff's ability to prosecute his case in light of his vision impairment. Palmer, 560 F.3d at 970; Wilborn, 789 F.2d at 1331. At this juncture in the proceedings, however, exceptional circumstances warranting the appointment of counsel do not exist.*fn1

Based on the foregoing, Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration is HEREBY DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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