In Re: Vern Crawford v., No. 12-2440 (4th Cir. 2013)

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 12-2440 In Re: VERN ODELL CRAWFORD, a/k/a Odell Crawford, a/k/a O'Dell Crawford, Petitioner. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (5:07-cr-00058-SGW-1) Submitted: March 26, 2013 Decided: April 1, 2013 Before MOTZ, GREGORY, and SHEDD, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Vern Odell Crawford, Petitioner Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Vern Odell Crawford petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order to compel an investigation of the district court judge and prosecutors who were involved in his criminal prosecution. We conclude that Crawford is not entitled to mandamus relief. Mandamus relief is a drastic remedy and should be used only Dist. in extraordinary Court, Moussaoui, mandamus 426 333 relief circumstances. U.S. F.3d is 394, 509, 402 516-17 available only clear right to the relief sought. Kerr (1976); (4th the 2003). States States v. Further, petitioner has a In re First Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass n, 860 F.2d 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). used as a substitute for appeal. United United Cir. when v. Mandamus may not be In re Lockheed Martin Corp., 503 F.3d 351, 353 (4th Cir. 2007). The relief sought by Crawford is not available by way of mandamus. Accordingly, although we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus. dispense with contentions are oral argument adequately because presented in the the facts We and legal materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 2