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Arnold v. Prison Health Services

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

May 30, 2014

RODNEY NEAL ARNOLD, Plaintiff,
v.
PRISON HEALTH SERVICES, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.

AND NOW, this 30th day of May, 2014, upon consideration of plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel (Doc. 56), and assuming that plaintiff's claims have an arguable basis in law and fact[1], and it appearing at this early juncture in the proceedings that he is capable of properly and forcefully prosecuting his claims, and that discovery neither implicates complex legal or factual issues nor requires factual investigation, see Tabron, 6 F.3d at 155-57 (listing factors relevant to request for counsel), and it being well-established that there is no constitutional or statutory right to counsel in a civil case, Montgomery , 294 F.3d at 498; Parham , 126 F.3d at 456-57; Tabron, 6 F.3d 153-43, and that district courts have broad discretion to determine whether to appoint counsel under 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion (Doc. 56) is DENIED. If further proceedings demonstrate the need for counsel, the matter will be reconsidered either sua sponte or upon motion of plaintiff.


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