Randy Cooper

Filing 920091102

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 09-1492 In Re: RANDY COOPER, Petitioner. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (2:09-cv-00168) Submitted: October 21, 2009 Decided: November 2, 2009 Before NIEMEYER, MICHAEL, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Randy Cooper, Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Randy Cooper petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order directing state correctional officials to protect him from assaults and harassment and obey the law Cooper is not entitled to mandamus relief. Mandamus is a drastic remedy and should be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Kerr v. United States Dist. We conclude that Court, 426 U.S. 394, 402 (1976); United States v. Moussaoui, 333 F.3d 509, 516-17 (4th Cir. 2003). Further, 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 This court does not have jurisdiction Gurley v. 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). to grant mandamus relief against state officials. Superior Court of Mecklenburg County, 411 F.2d 586, 587 (4th Cir. 1969). The relief sought by Cooper is not available by way of mandamus. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in We forma pauperis, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus. 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. PETITION DENIED 2

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