In re: Richard Koonce, III
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion dispositions in opinion--denying Motions for writ of mandamus (FRAP 21) [1000037577-2], [1000041135-2]; granting Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000046177-2]. Originating case numbers: 3:14-cr-00025-GEC-RSB-8, 3:16-cv-80968-GEC-RSB, 3:16-cv-81220-GEC-RSB. Copies to all parties and the district court. . Mailed to: Petitioner. [17-1295]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
In re: RICHARD J. KOONCE, III,
On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (3:14-cr-00025-GEC-RSB-8; 3:16-cv-80968-GECRSB; 3:16-cv-81220-GEC-RSB)
Submitted: June 20, 2017
Before SHEDD, WYNN, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges.
Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Richard J. Koonce, III, Petitioner Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
Decided: June 22, 2017
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Richard J. Koonce, III, petitions for a writ of mandamus requesting expedited
decision on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion and also seeking an order granting the
relief requested in his § 2255 motion.
We conclude that Koonce is not entitled to
Our review of the district court’s docket reveals that the district court has
dismissed Koonce’s § 2255 motion and denied a certificate of appealability.
Accordingly, because the district court has recently decided Koonce’s case, we deny the
part of the mandamus petition complaining of delay as moot.
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 and no other adequate
remedy is available. In re First Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass’n, 860 F.2d 135, 138 (4th Cir.
1988). Because Koonce can pursue his claims through his § 2255 motion and appeal, the
relief he seeks is not available by way of mandamus.
Accordingly, we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and deny the mandamus
petition. 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
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