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IN RE: Jermaine JOHNSON (2019)

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United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

IN RE: Jermaine JOHNSON, Petitioner

No. 19-3380

Decided: December 06, 2019

Before: SMITH, Chief Judge, CHAGARES and COWEN, Circuit Judges Jermaine Johnson, Pro Se Michael A. Consiglio, Esq., Office of United States Attorney, Harrisburg, PA, for Plaintiff-Respondent


Pro se petitioner Jermaine Johnson seeks a writ of mandamus to compel the District Court to rule on a motion he filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. A writ of mandamus may be warranted where a district court’s “undue delay is tantamount to a failure to exercise jurisdiction.” See Madden v. Myers, 102 F.3d 74, 79 (3d Cir. 1996).

On November 18, 2019, the District Court entered an order directing the Government to respond to Johnson’s pending motions, directing the Clerk of Court to appoint counsel for Johnson, and indicating that a separate order would be entered scheduling an evidentiary hearing. Because the case is now moving forward, we find no reason to grant the “drastic remedy” of mandamus relief. See In re Diet Drugs Prods. Liab. Litig., 418 F.3d 372, 378 (3d Cir. 2005) (citation omitted). We have full confidence that the District Court will rule on Johnson’s § 2255 motion within a reasonable time. Accordingly, we will deny Johnson’s mandamus petition.


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