In Re: Garry Alston, Petitioner, 50 F.3d 5 (4th Cir. 1995)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 50 F.3d 5 (4th Cir. 1995)

Submitted: Jan. 19, 1995Decided: March 17, 1995

On Petition for a Writ of Mandamus. (CA-93-146-3)


Garry Alston, Petitioner Pro Se.

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


Garry Alston filed this mandamus petition seeking an order to compel the district court to act favorably upon his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (1988) petition. At that time Alston filed this petition, the district court had already entered it final order denying habeas relief. Therefore, any complaint regarding delay in the district court is moot. In any event, mandamus relief is not a substitute for appeal. In re: United Steelworkers, 595 F.2d 958, 960 (4th Cir. 1979). Accordingly, we deny Alston's petition for 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.