IN RE: James Pettus

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

IN RE: James Pettus, petitioner, v Abraham Gerges, etc., respondent.  James Pettus, Pine City, N.Y., petitioner


Decided: October 26, 2010

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. JOSEPH COVELLO FRED T. SANTUCCI SANDRA L. SGROI, JJ. pro se. Andrew M. Cuomo, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Charles F. Sanders and Michael J. Siudzinski of counsel), for respondent.


Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of mandamus, inter alia, to compel the respondent, Abraham Gerges, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, to “verify and stand by his signature” on an arrest warrant in a case entitled People v. Pettus, pending in the Supreme Court, Kings County, under Indictment No. 6013/02, and application by the petitioner for poor person relief.

ORDERED that the application for poor person relief is granted to the extent that the filing fee imposed by CPLR 8022(b) is waived, and the application is otherwise denied;  and it is further,

ADJUDGED that the petition is denied and the proceeding is dismissed, without costs or disbursements.

The extraordinary remedy of mandamus will lie only to compel the performance of a ministerial act and only when there exists a clear legal right to the relief sought (see Matter of Legal Aid Society of Sullivan County v Scheinman, 53 N.Y.2d 12, 16).   The petitioner has failed to demonstrate a clear legal right to the relief sought.



Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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