Case No. 2:05-CR-205 TS
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL
This matter is before the Court on Defendant's Motion to Appoint Counsel. Defendant seeks the appointment of counsel to assist in determining whether he is eligible for relief under the First Step Act.
"[T]here is no right to counsel in collateral proceedings." Only when an evidentiary hearing is required is a defendant entitled to counsel. The decision to appoint counsel is left to the sound discretion of the Court. "In determining whether to appoint counsel, the district court should consider a variety of factors, including the merits of the litigant's claims, the nature of the factual issues raised in the claims, the litigant's ability to present his claims, and the complexity of the legal issues raised by the claims." Considering these factors, the Court declines to appoint counsel at this time.
United States v. Prows, 448 F.3d 1223, 1229 (10th Cir. 2006); see also Pennsylvania v. Finley, 481 U.S. 551, 555 (1990) (stating that "the right to appointed counsel extends to the first appeal of right, and no further").
Rule 8(c) of the Rules Governing § 2255 Proceedings for the United States District Courts.
Engberg v. Wyoming, 265 F.3d 1109, 1122 (10th Cir. 2001).
Williams v. Meese, 926 F.2d 994, 996 (10th Cir. 1991). --------
It is therefore
ORDERED that Defendant's Motion to Appoint Counsel (Docket No. 170) is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
DATED this 30th day of January, 2019.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge