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IN RE: Ossie TRADER (2020)

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United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

IN RE: Ossie TRADER, Petitioner

No. 20-1826

Decided: May 27, 2020

Before: JORDAN, KRAUSE, and MATEY, Circuit Judges Ossie R. Trader, Pro Se Terri A. Marinari, Esq., Office of United States Attorney, Philadelphia, PA, for Respondent


Ossie Trader has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus. For the reasons below, we will deny the petition.

In 1982, Trader was convicted of armed robbery of a bank and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. While on parole in 1994, he committed another armed bank robbery, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 248 months in prison. Trader now seeks to challenge the structure of the sentence he received for the 1982 conviction.

Mandamus is an extraordinary remedy. Trader must show that he lacks adequate alternative means to obtain the relief he seeks, and Trader carries the burden of showing that his right to relief is clear and undisputable. See Mallard v. U.S. Dist. Court for S. Dist. of Ia., 490 U.S. 296, 309, 109 S.Ct. 1814, 104 L.Ed.2d 318 (1989). He cannot do so. Trader bases his request for relief on an opinion issued by this Court in 1971. Thus, Trader had the alternate remedy of raising this issue on appeal or in a motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255, and he is not entitled to mandamus relief.1

For the above reasons, we will deny the petition for a writ of mandamus.


1.   We have informed Trader many times in the past that he cannot challenge his conviction via a mandamus petition:This is at the least the seventh time, and the second in less than two months, that Trader has sought to challenge his conviction by way of mandamus in order to circumvent AEDPA’s gate-keeping requirements for successive § 2255 motions. For the reasons just given in In re Trader, 397 Fed.Appx. 785 (3d Cir. 2010), we will deny Trader’s latest mandamus petition.In re Trader, 412 F. App'x 446 (3d Cir. 2011).


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