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Williams v. Smith

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


August 25, 2008

KEITH A. WILLIAMS, PLAINTIFF
v.
JOSEPH SMITH, ET AL., DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 25th day of August, 2008, upon consideration of plaintiff's request for appointment of counsel (Doc. 58), and it appearing from the complaint (Doc. 1), and motions (Docs. 11, 16, 19, 41, 45, 49) filed by plaintiff, as well as the pursuit of an interlocutory appeal (Docs. 20, 22), that plaintiff is capable of properly and forcefully prosecuting his claims with adequate factual investigation and appropriate citations to governing authority, and that resolution of the facial merit of plaintiff's claims neither implicates complex legal or factual issues nor requires factual investigation or the testimony of expert witnesses, see Tabron v. Grace, 6 F.3d 147, 155-57 (3d Cir. 1993) (listing factors relevant to request for counsel)*fn1 , it is hereby ORDERED that the request (Doc. 58) for appointment of counsel is DENIED. If further proceedings demonstrate the need for counsel, the matter will be reconsidered either sua sponte or upon motion of plaintiff. See id. It is further ORDERED that plaintiff shall comply with this court's order of August 8, 2008 (doc. 57), directing plaintiff to COMPLY with the requirements set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(f) on or before September 8, 2008. Failure to do so will result in denial of plaintiff's motion (Doc. 49) to dismiss or stay defendants' motion for summary judgment.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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