In Re Steven A. Silvers, Petitioner, 943 F.2d 49 (4th Cir. 1991)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 943 F.2d 49 (4th Cir. 1991)

Submitted Aug. 20, 1991. Decided Sept. 6, 1991

On Petition for Writ of Mandamus.

Steven A. Silvers, petitioner pro se.


Before PHILLIPS, MURNAGHAN and SPROUSE, Circuit Judges.



Steven A. Silvers petitions for a writ of mandamus directing United States District Judge Herbert Maletz to rule on Silvers' motion for return of property confiscated at the time of his 1987 arrest for drugrelated offenses. The motion was filed on June 21, 1990. Since then, the United States has filed at least one status report with the court, but has not yet responded to the motion.

The delay in this case is not attributable to the district judge. Instead, the delay is due, at least in part, to the government's failure to file a response in the district court.

Because the district court has not unduly delayed, we deny the petition for a writ of mandamus without prejudice to Silvers' right to refile. As our review of the materials before us reveals that it would not significantly aid the decisional process, we dispense with oral argument. Leave to proceed in forma pauperis is granted.