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Cordrey v. Walker

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


June 13, 2006

JOHNNY CORDREY, INMATE #N-81774, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ROGER WALKER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gilbert, District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Plaintiff has filed two motions to reconsider the Court's denial of his requests for appointment of counsel (Docs. 21, 22), asserting that he has made "reasonable efforts" to secure counsel. In support of that claim, he attaches just one letter from the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation; in that letter, Plaintiff was advised that the Foundation is not authorized to represent incarcerated individuals. Seeking representation from an organization that cannot provide him with assistance is hardly reasonable.

Furthermore, until the Court has completed a preliminary review of the complaint, see 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, Plaintiff should have no need for counsel, as he has no need to seek discovery or file dispositive motions in this action at this time. Plaintiff's request for counsel is therefore premature, and the motions for reconsideration are DENIED. Once the Court has completed that preliminary review, Plaintiff may file a new request for appointment of counsel.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

J. Phil Gilbert U. S. District Judge

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