In Re: Missouri v.
UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
On Petition for Writ of Mandamus (6:00-cr-00498-MBS; 6:05-cv-01598-MBS)
Submitted: July 20, 2006
Decided: July 28, 2006
Before WIDENER and WILKINSON, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Vincent Missouri, Petitioner Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. See Local Rule 36(c).
PER CURIAM: Vincent Missouri petitions for a writ of mandamus. He
seeks an order directing the district court to act on his motion for reconsideration, and asks this court vacate the dismissal of his motion for collateral review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2000). He also requests leave to file an oversize mandamus
petition. We grant Missouri's motion to file an oversize petition, but conclude that Missouri is not entitled to mandamus relief. Mandamus relief is available only when the petitioner has a clear right to the relief sought. In re First Fed. Sav. & Loan Further, mandamus is a used in extraordinary
Ass'n, 860 F.2d 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). drastic remedy and should only be
Kerr v. United States Dist. Court, 426 U.S. 394,
402 (1976); In re Beard, 811 F.2d 818, 826 (4th Cir. 1987). With respect to Missouri's request that the district court act on his motion for reconsideration, our review of the docket sheet reveals that the district court denied the motion in May 2006. Because the district court recently acted, this portion With respect to the
of Missouri's mandamus petition is moot.
request that we direct the district court to vacate its order dismissing his § 2255 motion, we note that mandamus may not be used as a substitute for appeal. 958, 960 (4th Cir. 1979). In re United Steelworkers, 595 F.2d
Because the relief sought by Missouri is We
not available by way of mandamus, we deny the petition.
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dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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