Stanley Williams

Filing 920080723

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-1123 In re: STANLEY LORENZO WILLIAMS, Petitioner. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (1:03-cv-00299-NCT) Submitted: May 30, 2008 Decided: July 23, 2008 Before MICHAEL, KING, and GREGORY, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Stanley Lorenzo Williams, Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Stanley Lorenzo Williams petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order compelling the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina to act on his objections to the magistrate judge's October 31, 2007, order rejecting post-judgment motions in Williams' 28 U.S.C. 2254 (2000) proceeding. 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 We conclude that Williams is not entitled to Ass'n, 860 F.2d 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). drastic remedy and should only be circumstances. Kerr v. United States Dist. Court, 426 U.S. 394, 402 (1976); In re Beard, 811 F.2d 818, 826 (4th Cir. 1987). The record reveals that the chief judge is not assigned to Williams' case and that the assigned judge has already ruled on Williams' objections to the magistrate judge's October 31, 2007, order. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma Williams' pauperis, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus. motions for expansion of the record and for a permanent stay of execution of his state court sentences and to expedite consideration of the motion for stay are denied. oral argument because the facts and legal We dispense with contentions are - 2 - adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED - 3 -

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