Adams v. USA, No. 4:2016cv00988 - Document 17 (E.D. Mo. 2019)

Court Description: OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that movants motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without prejudice. [ECF No. 16 ]. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 7/24/19. (KJS)
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Adams v. USA Doc. 17 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION ANTONIO ADAMS, Movant, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 4:16-CV-988-HEA OPIINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER Movant moves for appointment of counsel. After considering the motion and the pleadings, the motion is denied without prejudice to refiling at a later 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 movant has presented non-frivolous allegations supporting his or her prayer for relief; (2) whether the movant will substantially benefit from the appointment of counsel; (3) whether there is a need to further investigate and present the facts related to the movant’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. Movant has demonstrated, at this point, that he can adequately present his claims to the Court. Additionally, neither the factual nor the legal issues in this case are complex. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that movant’s motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without prejudice. [ECF No. 16] Dated this 24 July 2019. __________________________________ HENRY EDWARD AUTREY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -2-