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WDNY — Pro Bono Appointment: Belile v. John Doe, et al.

By: Daily Record Staff//April 10, 2013

WDNY — Pro Bono Appointment: Belile v. John Doe, et al.

By: Daily Record Staff//April 10, 2013//

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U.S. District Court, WDNY

Pro Bono Appointment

Non-complex Case — Difficulty in Finding Witnesses

Belile v. John Doe, et al.
10-cv-6501-cjs
Judge Siragusa

Background: The plaintiff commenced an action alleging the defendant used excessive force and assaulted him in violation of his Eighth Amendment constitutional rights. The plaintiff moved for the appointment of pro bono counsel.

Ruling: The District Court granted the motion. The court found that the plaintiff had already been granted in forma pauperis status. Further, the plaintiff’s claims were meritorious. Finally, the plaintiff indicated that he was denied permission to contact his witnesses by inmate to inmate mail. Given the plaintiff’s problems contacting witness, pro bono counsel would be appointed despite the non-complexity of the case.

Joseph Belile, pro se; J. Richard Benitez of the New York State Office of the Attorney General for the defendant

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