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Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 3:20cv5738-LAC-ZCB

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Plaintiff is an inmate of the Florida Department of Corrections proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action. Presently before the court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Appointment of Counsel. (Doc. 53).

The court denied Plaintiff’s previous motion for appointment of counsel after an extensive analysis of the materials and arguments submitted by the parties. (See Doc. 19). Since that time, there has been a material change in circumstances. Namely, the Court has denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss and their motion for summary judgment. (See Docs. 68, 74, 75, 78). Plaintiff has requested the appointment of counsel to assist him in locating and deposing 10 “inmate witnesses,” 15 correctional officers, 2 nurses, and 2 “Inspector General’s Office Representatives.” (Doc. 53 at 1-2). Plaintiff states the inmate witnesses are located
at different institutions and FDOC’s “inter-institutional communication” policy prevents Plaintiff from properly deposing these individuals. (Id. at 2). Plaintiff also states that “this case will consist in large part of conflicting testimony so as to require skill in the presentation of evidence and cross examination.” (Id.). Plaintiff asserts he is “experiencing adversity in different aspects of evidentiary acquisition” for his case.