CLAUSO v. BONDS et al, No. 1:2018cv12217 - Document 70 (D.N.J. 2021)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER directing the Clerk to select an attorney form the civil pro bono panel, etc. Signed by Judge Noel L. Hillman on 3/31/2021. (dmr)(n.m.)
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CLAUSO v. BONDS et al Doc. 70 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY THOMAS JAMES CLAUSO, Plaintiff, 1:18-cv-12217 (NLH) (LHG) MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER v. WARDEN WILLIE BONDS, et al., Defendants. APPEARANCES: Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General of New Jersey Niccole L. Sandora, Deputy Attorney General Office of the New Jersey Attorney General R.J. Hughes Justice Complex PO Box 116 Trenton, NJ 08625 Counsel for Defendants Willie Bonds, Guard Martinelli, and Guard Hansen Thomas James Clauso 59252 South Woods State Prison 215 South Burlington Road Bridgeton, NJ 08302 Plaintiff pro se HILLMAN, District Judge WHEREAS, on March 15, 2021, the Court denied summary judgment on two claims against Guard Martinelli and Guard Hansen see ECF No. 62; and WHEREAS, Plaintiff Thomas Clauso previously requested the appointment of counsel. ECF No. 14. The application was denied as the Court concluded the factors set forth in Tabron v. Grace, 6 F.3d 147 (3d Cir. 1993) did not support appointing counsel at that time, ECF No. 32; and WHEREAS, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why counsel should not be appointed at this time as the circumstances have changed such that the Tabron factors support the appointment of counsel, ECF No. 66; and WHEREAS, Plaintiff wrote back in support of appointing counsel, ECF No. 69; and WHEREAS, the Court finds that the interests of justice support appointing counsel as Plaintiff cannot afford counsel on his own, 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915(e)(1), THEREFORE, IT IS on this 31st day of March, 2021 ORDERED that the Clerk shall select an attorney from the civil pro bono panel; and it is further ORDERED that the selected appointed attorney from the civil pro bono panel shall enter a notice of appearance within fourteen (14) days of the date of his or her appointment; and it is finally ORDERED that the Clerk shall send a copy of this Order to Plaintiff by regular mail. s/ Noel L. Hillman NOEL L. HILLMAN, U.S.D.J. At Camden, New Jersey 2