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Wilson v. Stegeman

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

August 29, 2019

HAROLD B. WILSON, Plaintiff,
v.
STEGEMAN, in their individual capacities only; ORISHIO, Cpl, in their individual capacities only; and LOVELACE, Cpl, in their individual capacities only, Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          Richard G. Kopf Senior United States District Judge

         This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel (filing no. 12) and for case management.

         Plaintiff previously requested counsel when he filed his Complaint which I denied without prejudice to reassertion. (Filing No. 11 at CM/ECF p. 11.) Plaintiff now renews his request for court-appointed counsel because he “is currently in the prison hospital and has no access to legal materials, legal Aide or law computer or even the original filings in this case which are in . . . property control.” (Filing No. 12.) Plaintiff also asserts that he “has evidence and cause to file an Amended Complaint but only with the assistance of counsel [since] Plaintiff has dyalisys [sic] treatment six days a week and needs assistance walking and failing eyesight which causes his poor penmanship & spelling.” (Id.)

         In my previous order dated July 11, 2019, I determined that this matter may proceed to service of process against Defendants Stegeman, Lovelace, and Orishio in their individual capacities, and I directed the clerk of the court to obtain the last known addresses for Defendants from the Marshals Service. The Marshals Service recently informed the court that they are unable to obtain the necessary addresses for all Defendants in order that summons may be served upon them. Based on the court's own search of the State of Nebraska Online Employee Directory (https://ne-phonebook. ne.gov /Phone Book /faces /welcome.jsp, last visited Aug. 28, 2019), Defendants Lovelace and Stegeman may be served at their place of employment at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, and the court will direct the clerk to prepare summons accordingly. With respect to Defendant Orishio, Plaintiff admitted in his Complaint that he was unsure of the correct spelling of this individual's last name, and the court was unable to verify whether this individual is employed with the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

         Given Plaintiff's representations about his medical conditions and lack of access to legal materials, I doubt that Plaintiff would be able to provide any additional identifying information for Defendant Orishio as he has already provided his rank, last name, and place of employment to the best of his knowledge. Thus, under the circumstances and given Plaintiff's claims, I conclude that Plaintiff and the court would benefit from the appointment of counsel in this matter. Accordingly, IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:

         1. For service of process on defendant David A. Lovelace in his individual capacity, the clerk of the court is directed to complete a summons form and a USM-285 form for defendant David A. Lovelace using the address “Nebraska State Penitentiary, 4201 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, ” and forward them together with a copy of the Complaint (filing no. 1), a copy of the court's July 11, 2019 Memorandum and Order (filing no. 11), and a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the Marshals Service. The Marshals Service shall serve defendant David A. Lovelace personally in his individual capacity at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, 4201 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502. Service may also be accomplished by using any of the following methods: residence, certified mail, or designated delivery service. See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(e); Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-508.01 (Reissue 2016).[1]

         2. For service of process on defendant Elizabeth J. Stegeman in her individual capacity, the clerk of the court is directed to complete a summons form and a USM-285 form for defendant Elizabeth J. Stegeman using the address “Nebraska State Penitentiary, 4201 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, ” and forward them together with a copy of the Complaint (filing no. 1), a copy of the court's July 11, 2019 Memorandum and Order (filing no. 11), and a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the Marshals Service. The Marshals Service shall serve defendant Elizabeth J. Stegeman personally in her individual capacity at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, 4201 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502. Service may also be accomplished by using any of the following methods: residence, certified mail, or designated delivery service. See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(e); Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-508.01 (Reissue 2016).

         3. As previously ordered, the United States Marshal shall serve all process in this case without prepayment of fees from Plaintiff.

         4. Plaintiff's Motion for Appointment of Counsel (filing no. 12) is granted.

         5. With thanks for accepting the appointment, Mr. William J. Bianco and the Bianco, Stroh Law Firm are hereby appointed to represent Plaintiff Harold B. Wilson in this matter.[2]

         6. Mr. Bianco and/or any other counsel from the Bianco, Stroh Law Firm are directed to promptly enter their appearance as counsel in this case.

         7. Upon entry of counsel's appearance in CM/ECF, the Clerk of Court shall immediately pay from the Federal Practice Fund the sum of $1, 000 to the Bianco, Stroh Law Firm.

         8. A second and last installment of $1, 000 shall become due and payable to the Bianco, Stroh Law Firm upon the entry of judgment or other closing documents in the case.

         9. Subject to the prior approval of the court, counsel may incur reasonable expenses when representing Plaintiff in accordance with the Amended Plan for the Administration of the Federal Practice Fund and the Federal ...


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