Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Eric J. Mapes v. State of Indiana, et al.
Case No.: 19-1384
Officials: FLAUM, SYKES, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Court Error Abuse of Discretion
Eric Mapes was arrested for trespassing after being refused service at a CVS store. He sued the State of Indiana, CVS, and a number of individual defendants asserting a long list of grievances under federal and state law. Mapes asked the district court to recruit counsel for him. The district judge denied that request, dismissed Mapes's complaint without prejudice for failure to state a claim, and suggested several amendments to the complaint. Mapes did not heed that advice and now appeals the judge's refusal to recruit counsel. We affirm. The judge did not abuse her discretion when she denied...