In Re: Lawrence Wilder, Sr.


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to appoint/assign counsel [999643549-2]; granting Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [999641414-2]; denying Motion for writ of mandamus (FRAP 21) [999641413-2] Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [999704537]. Mailed to: Lawrence Wilder, Sr. [15-1928]

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Appeal: 15-1928 Doc: 13 Filed: 11/23/2015 Pg: 1 of 2 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 15-1928 In re: LAWRENCE VERLINE WILDER, SR., Petitioner. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. Submitted: November 19, 2015 Decided: November 23, 2015 Before NIEMEYER, KING, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Lawrence Verline Wilder, Sr., Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Appeal: 15-1928 Doc: 13 Filed: 11/23/2015 Pg: 2 of 2 PER CURIAM: Lawrence Verline Wilder, Sr., petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order reversing dismissals of his actions and appeals filed between 1997 and 2015. We conclude that Wilder is not entitled to mandamus relief. Mandamus relief is a drastic remedy and should be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Kerr v. U.S. Dist. 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 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988), and may not be used as a substitute for appeal. In re Lockheed Martin Corp., 503 F.3d 351, 353 (4th Cir. 2007). The relief sought by Wilder is not available by way of mandamus. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus and deny Wilder’s motion to appoint counsel. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 2

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