Michael R. Smith, Petitioner Pro Se.
On Petition for Writ of Mandamus.
(3:12-cr-00733-JFA-1) Before MOTZ, KEENAN, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Michael R. Smith, Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM:
Michael R. Smith petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order directing the district court to vacate the criminal judgment. We conclude that Smith is not entitled to mandamus relief.
Mandamus relief is a drastic remedy and should be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Ct., 542 U.S. 367, 380 (2004); In re Murphy-Brown, LLC, 907 F.3d 788, 795 (4th Cir. 2018). Further, mandamus relief is available only when the petitioner has a clear and indisputable right to the relief sought and has no other adequate means to obtain the relief he desires. Murphy-Brown, 907 F.3d at 795.
The relief sought by Smith is not available by way of mandamus because he has not demonstrated an indisputable right to relief or that moving for relief in the district court would be inadequate. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus. 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.