In Re Marvin A. Leifried, Petitioner, 929 F.2d 693 (4th Cir. 1991)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 929 F.2d 693 (4th Cir. 1991) Submitted March 4, 1991. Decided March 22, 1991

On Petition for Writ of Mandamus.

Marvin A. Leifried, petitioner pro se.


Before WIDENER, and K.K. HALL, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.


Marvin A. Leifried brought this mandamus petition seeking an order directing the district court to act on his motion for a reduction of sentence, recusal of the district court judge, and the appointment of counsel. This motion was filed in October 1990. Because it has been less than six months since the motion was filed, we hold there has been no undue delay in the district court. Also, Leifried has failed to show any bias on the part of the district court judge. See In re: Beard, 811 F.2d 818 (4th Cir. 1987) (party must show extrajudicial bias to establish need for recusal). Accordingly, we decline to appoint counsel, grant permission to proceed in forma pauperis, and deny mandamus relief. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not significantly aid in the decisional process.