In re: Arthur Sean Warner
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion for writ of mandamus (FRAP 21) [1000087321-2]; granting Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [1000098163-2] Originating case number: 1:14-cr-00081-IMK-JES-1,1:15-cv-00164-IMK-JES Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Warner. [17-1655]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
In re: ARTHUR SEAN WARNER,
On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (1:14-cr-00081-IMK-JES-1; 1:15-cv-00164-IMKJES)
Submitted: July 27, 2017
Decided: July 31, 2017
Before AGEE and FLOYD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Arthur Sean Warner, Petitioner Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Arthur Sean Warner petitions for a writ of mandamus, alleging that the district
court has unduly delayed acting on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion and supplemental
motions. He seeks an order from this court directing the district court to act. Our review
of the district court’s docket reveals that, on June 1, 2017, the district court dismissed
Warner’s § 2255 motion and acted on his supplemental motions. Because the district
court has recently decided Warner’s case, we deny this portion of his mandamus petition
Warner also seeks an order compelling the district court to show cause why he is
not entitled to the relief he seeks in his motions. We conclude that Warner is not entitled
to mandamus relief on this ground. 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). Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we
deny this portion of Warner’s 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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