Davis v. Lancaster et al, No. 4:2013cv01638 - Document 197 (E.D. Mo. 2016)

Court Description: OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 184], is denied without prejudice. 184 Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 10/24/16. (CLA) cc: petitioner
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION FREDERICK P. DAVIS, Plaintiff, v. TIMOTHY R. LANCASTER, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 4:13CV1638 HEA OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 184]. The motion will be denied, without prejudice. 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. 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 Motion for Appointment of Counsel [Doc. No. 184], is denied without prejudice. Dated this 24th day of October, 2016. ________________________________ HENRY EDWARD AUTREY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2