Dennis Obado v. United States Federal Governme

BLD-122 NOT PRECEDENTIAL UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT ___________ No. 17-2926 ___________ DENNIS OBADO, Appellant v. UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION; UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ____________________________________ On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.C. Civil Action No. 3-17-cv-01943) District Judge: Honorable Brian R. Martinotti ____________________________________ Submitted for Possible Dismissal Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) or Summary Action Pursuant to Third Circuit LAR 27.4 and I.O.P. 10.6 February 15, 2018 Before: RESTREPO, BIBAS, and NYGAARD, Circuit Judges (Opinion filed: February 21, 2018) ______________ OPINION* ______________ * This disposition is not an opinion of the full Court and pursuant to I.O.P. 5.7 does not constitute binding precedent. PER CURIAM Pro se appellant Dennis Obado appeals from the District Court’s post-judgment order denying his motion for appointment of counsel. For the following reasons, we will affirm. Obado filed in the District Court a habeas petition brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. He alleged that the Government has conducted, and possibly still is conducting, immigration-related investigations about him,1 and he asked the District Court to issue an order that, among other things, prevents the Government from investigating him and taking him into custody. In April 2017, the District Court dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction sua sponte because Obado was not “in custody” for purposes of § 2241. About a week later, Obado filed in the District Court a post-judgment motion to appoint counsel. The District Court denied that motion. Thereafter, Obado filed a timely appeal challenging the District Court’s order dismissing his habeas petition and the subsequent order denying his post-judgment motion to appoint counsel. This Court affirmed the District Court’s orders. See Obado v. United States Gov’t, et al., C.A. No. 17-2116 (order entered on Aug. 9, 2017). In July 2017, Obado filed in the District Court a second post-judgment motion for appointment of counsel. He requested the appointment of counsel “in order to immediately protect [his] critical rights,” which he believes will be impugned if he is not 1 It appears that Obado is an alien, but his home country is not mentioned in the record. 2 permitted to investigate the Government investigation which may be proceeding against him. D. Ct. Doc. No. 18 at 2. The District Court, in a three-page memorandum and order, denied the motion, and Obado filed a timely notice of appeal.2 We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. See Isidor Paiewonsky Assoc. v. Sharp Props., Inc., 998 F.2d 145, 151 (3d Cir. 1993) (explaining that a district court’s post-judgment order which is “not simply a ministerial or administrative act” but “effectively decided matters and interests not before it when it issued its earlier judgment on the merits” is final and appealable). The District Court did not err in denying Obado’s motion for appointment of counsel. The motion was filed post-judgment, and he thus had no pending case in the ...

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