In this mandamus petition, Larry Charles "seeks an Order to compel the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to issue a Certificate of Appealability" in connection with a 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition he filed in 2013. Because mandamus may "not be used as a substitute for the regular appeals process,"
Charles filed a § 2254 petition in 2013, seeking to attack a 25-50 year sentence imposed after he pleaded no contest to various sex crimes in Philadelphia County. The District Court denied his petition and his request for a certificate of appealability. We denied his request for a certificate of appealability—concluding that "jurists of reason would not debate the District Court's assessment of his constitutional claims"— and also denied his request for rehearing. C.A. No. 15-3064. The Supreme Court denied his petition for a writ of certiorari, and also his petition for rehearing.
Charles has exhausted all avenues to appeal the District Court's denial of his request for a certificate of appealability—and has lost. He may not now use mandamus as yet another attempt at an appeal.