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Civil Procedure — prisoner litigation — appointed counsel

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit


Civil Procedure — prisoner litigation — appointed counsel

Where a prisoner’s deliberate indifference claim was not complex, the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying his requests for the court to recruit counsel.

“We find no abuse of discretion in the court’s decision not to recruit counsel for Olson; the district court applied the correct legal standard and properly considered both Olson’s ability to represent himself and the complexity of Olson’s case. Summary judgment was proper because there is no evidence that Sergeant Schneider was subjectively aware that Russell was dangerous or that Tenebruso failed to act promptly once she learned of Olson’s serious medical needs. Because Olson has no evidence to prove deliberate indifference, his claims must fail.”


12-2786 Olson v. Morgan

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Crocker, Mag. J., Sykes, J.

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