In Re: Gene Ellis Williams, Petitioner, 1 F.3d 1235 (4th Cir. 1993)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 1 F.3d 1235 (4th Cir. 1993) Submitted: July 16, 1993. Decided: August 9, 1993

On Petition for Writ of Mandamus.

Gene Ellis Williams, Petitioner Pro Se.


Before NIEMEYER, HAMILTON, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.



Gene Ellis Williams has filed a petition for writ of mandamus to compel the district court to act on his civil rights complaint. Williams filed his complaint in August 1992. In January 1993, the district court entered a pre-trial order for a discovery schedule. We hold that the delay in the district court has not been unreasonable. Therefore, although we grant Williams's motion to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny his petition for a writ of mandamus. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.