Turner v. Tillman et al, No. 1:2019cv00004 - Document 59 (E.D. Mo. 2020)

Court Description: OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 56 PRO SE MOTION to Appoint Medical Examiner Request filed by Plaintiff Alan D. Turner. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motions to Appoint Medical Examiner Request [Doc. No. 56], is denied. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 4/1/20. (CSG)
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Turner v. Tillman et al Doc. 59 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION ALAN D. TURNER, Plaintiff, v. UNKNOWN TILLMAN, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 1:19-CV-00004-HEA OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 51 and 55]. The motions will be denied, without prejudice at this time. There is no constitutional or statutory right to appointed counsel in civil cases. Nelson v. Redfield Lithograph Printing, 728 F.2d 1003, 1004 (8th Cir. 1984). In determining whether to appoint counsel, the Court considers several factors, including (1) whether the plaintiff has presented non-frivolous allegations supporting his or her prayer for relief; (2) whether the plaintiff will substantially benefit from the appointment of counsel; (3) whether there is a need to further investigate and present the facts related to the plaintiff’s allegations; and (4) whether the factual and legal issues presented by the action are complex. See Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d 1319, 1322–23 (8th Cir. 1986); Nelson, 728 F.2d at 1005. Dockets.Justia.com After considering these factors, the Court finds that the appointment of counsel is not warranted at this time. This case is neither factually nor legally complex. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motions for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 51 and 55], are denied without prejudice. Dated this 1st day of April, 2020. ________________________________ HENRY EDWARD AUTREY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2