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Zolliecoffer'El v. Walker

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


February 5, 2007

JAMES W.E. ZOLLIECOFFER'EL, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ROGER E. WALKER, JR., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

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

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

In a separate order, the Court has granted Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (see Docs. 2, 14). Several other motions are also pending in this action, the first of which is Plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel (Doc. 3). When deciding whether to appoint counsel, the Court must first determine if a pro se litigant has made reasonable efforts to secure counsel before resorting to the courts. Jackson v. County of McLean, 953 F.2d 1070, 1072 (7th Cir. 1992). Plaintiff makes no showing that he has attempted to retain counsel. Therefore, the Court finds that appointment of counsel is not warranted at this time. Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED.

Also pending are Plaintiff's two motions to produce (Docs. 5, 6), Plaintiff's motion for judgment on the pleadings (Doc. 7), Plaintiff's motion opposing summary judgment for Defendants (Doc. 8), Plaintiff's motion to schedule a date for jury selection and for trial (Doc. 12), and Plaintiff's motion for trial by court and for speedy trial (Doc. 13).

Until the Court has completed a preliminary review of the complaint, see 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, all of these motions are premature. Therefore, each of these motions is DENIED without prejudice. Once the Court has completed that preliminary review, Plaintiff may refile any of these motions as deemed necessary.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R. Herndon DISTRICT JUDGE

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