IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
March 26, 2007
OBIEKWE STEPHEN OKWUDIL UGOCHUKWU, PLAINTIFF,
FRED BALLARD, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Several motions appear pending in this action. However, a review of the activity in this case prior to its transfer to this District indicates that some of these motions have already been ruled upon. Specifically, Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) and his first motion for appointment of counsel (Doc. 3) were granted by Judge Ruben Castillo (see Doc. 6). Likewise, Plaintiff's motion to transfer the case (Doc. 7) was also granted by Judge Castillo (see Doc. 8). Therefore, these motions should not appear as pending motions on this Court's docket, and they are now MOOT.
Three other motions remain pending. First is Plaintiff's motion to appoint the U.S. Marshal to effect service upon Defendants (Doc. 4). Service will not be ordered, however, until the Court completes a preliminary review of the complaint. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Therefore, this motion is DENIED without prejudice.
Next is Plaintiff's motion for access to his medical records (Doc. 5). Essentially this is a discovery motion, but such a motion is premature, see FED.R.CIV.P. 34, 37. It is therefore DENIED without prejudice.
Finally, Plaintiff has filed a new motion for appointment of counsel (Doc. 11), as counsel that was appointed in the Northern District was allowed to withdraw from representation once the action was transferred to this District (see Doc. 8). Until the Court has completed a preliminary review of the complaint, see 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, this request is premature. Therefore, the motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED without prejudice. Once the Court has completed that preliminary review, Plaintiff may renew his request at that time, if necessary.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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