Tilei v. CDCR

The Ninth Circuit appointed Goodwin as pro bono counsel to represent an inmate who had filed a complaint alleging that prison officials assaulted him in retaliation to his complaints about the prison’s provision of medical care. The district court dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint sua sponte on abstention grounds and denied his request for appointed pro bono counsel. Goodwin successfully persuaded the Ninth Circuit to vacate the district court’s decision on both counts, holding that the district court had misinterpreted the relevant abstention doctrine and had failed to consider the plaintiff’s medical condition in denying his request for pro bono counsel.

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