James Owens

Filing 920090107


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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-2236 In Re: JAMES JOSEPH OWENS, Petitioner. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. Submitted: December 16, 2008 Decided: January 7, 2009 Before WILKINSON, NIEMEYER, and GREGORY, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. James Joseph Owens, Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: James Joseph Owens petitions for a writ of mandamus, seeking both a declaration that he is a "prima facie multiple victim of double jeopardy" and an order that the district court "vacate sentences and immediately release" him. Mandamus is a drastic remedy to be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Kerr v. United States Dist. Court, 426 U.S. 394, 402 (1974); In re: Beard, 811 F.2d 818, 826 (4th Cir. 1987). Mandamus relief is available only when the petitioner has a clear right to the relief sought. In re: First Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n, 860 F.2d A mandamus petitioner must show to to the relief sought, that the act 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). that he has a clear a right duty respondent has clear perform the particular requested, and that the plaintiff has no other adequate remedy. Id. We showing. pauperis, dispense conclude that Owens has not made the required Accordingly, while we grant leave to proceed in forma we with deny oral the petition for writ the of mandamus. and We legal argument because facts contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 2

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