In Re: Larry Ray Johnson, Petitioner, 30 F.3d 129 (4th Cir. 1994)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 30 F.3d 129 (4th Cir. 1994)

Submitted: June 23, 1994. Decided: July 29, 1994

On Petition for Writ of Mandamus.

Larry Ray Johnson, Petitioner Pro Se.


Before MURNAGHAN and WILKINS, Circuit Judges, and SPROUSE, Senior Circuit Judge.


Larry Ray Johnson has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to compel the district court to remove a prefiling injunction imposed upon him in 1985. Mandamus is an extraordinary remedy, and is not available where there are other means by which the petitioner might obtain the requested relief. In re Beard, 811 F.2d 818, 826 (4th Cir. 1987). Further, mandamus is not a substitute for appeal. In re United Steelworkers, 595 F.2d 958, 960 (4th Cir. 1979). Therefore, although we grant Johnson'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.