IN RE: James Pettus

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

IN RE: James Pettus, petitioner, v Guy James Mangano, Jr., respondent.  James Pettus, Pine City, N.Y., petitioner


Decided: November 23, 2010

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO CHERYL E. CHAMBERS LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. pro se. Andrew M. Cuomo, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Charles F. Sanders of counsel), for respondent.


Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of mandamus, inter alia, to compel the respondent, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, to determine certain motions allegedly made in a case entitled People v. Pettus, pending in that court under Indictment No. 6013/02, and application by the petitioner to prosecute the proceeding as a poor person.

ORDERED that the application to prosecute the proceeding as a poor person is granted to the extent that the filing fee imposed by CPLR 8022(b) is waived, and the application is otherwise denied as academic;  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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