UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
In re: MAECHEL SHAWN PATTERSON,
On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (5:12-hc-02063-D)
Submitted: September 30, 2020 Decided: October 16, 2020
Before MOTZ, KEENAN, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges.
Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Maechel Shawn Patterson, Petitioner Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
Maechel S. Patterson petitions for a writ of mandamus seeking an order from this
court directing the district court to vacate its 2018 order denying his Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)
motion for reconsideration of the court’s 2012 order denying his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition.
Patterson also seeks an order directing the district court to liberally construe the § 2254
petition as an emergency motion to reduce his sentence to time served and to order his
custodian to release him from prison due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We conclude that
Patterson is not entitled to mandamus relief.
Mandamus relief is a drastic remedy and should be used only in extraordinary
circumstances. Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Ct.,
, 482 (1983).
The relief sought by Patterson is not available by way of mandamus. Accordingly,
we deny the petition for writ of mandamus. We dispense with oral argument because the
facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and
argument would not aid the decisional process.