ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL AND GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
(ECF No. 23.)
GARY S. AUSTIN, Magistrate Judge.
Steven Hansen ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed the Complaint commencing this action on November 2, 2015. (ECF No. 1.) This case now proceeds with Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint filed on February 29, 2016, against sole defendant Custody Officer Philip Nkwocha ("Defendant"), on Plaintiff's retaliation claim under the First Amendment. (ECF No. 7.)
On May 12, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion for appointment of counsel and a motion for extension of time. (ECF No. 23.)
I. APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
Plaintiff requests court-appointed counsel to assist him with this litigation. Plaintiff does not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel in this action,
Without a reasonable method of securing and compensating counsel, the court will seek volunteer counsel only in the most serious and exceptional cases. In determining whether "exceptional circumstances exist, the district court must evaluate both the likelihood of success of the merits [and] the ability of the [plaintiff] to articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved."
In the present case, the court does not find the required exceptional circumstances. On April 25, 2017, the court entered findings and recommendations, recommending that summary judgment be granted against Plaintiff in this case on the ground that Plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. (ECF No. 22.) Based on the findings and recommendations, the court has determined that Plaintiff is unlikely to succeed on the merits. Moreover, a review of the record shows that Plaintiff is responsive, adequately communicates, and is able to articulate his claims pro se. Therefore, Plaintiff's motion shall be denied, without prejudice to renewal of the motion at a later stage of the proceedings.
II. EXTENSION OF TIME
Plaintiff requests a ninety-day extension of time to file objections to the court's findings and recommendations, asserting that the mail is slow and does not allow him enough time to respond. The court finds good cause to grant Plaintiff a thirty-day extension of time to file objections.
Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
IT IS SO ORDERED.