Before NIEMEYER and AGEE, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge.
Gregory K. Clinton, Petitioner Pro Se.
Gregory K. Clinton petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order directing his immediate release from custody and restitution payment for his allegedly unlawful confinement. He also seeks the issuance of an arrest warrant for a federal district court judge. We conclude that Clinton 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. Court, 542 U.S. 367, 380, 124 S.Ct. 2576, 159 L.Ed.2d 459 (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 right to the relief sought, Murphy-Brown, 907 F.3d at 795, and mandamus 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 Clinton is not available by way of mandamus. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny the petition and amended petitions 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.
Petitions denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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