No. 72-1660.

417 U.S. 21 (1974)

94 S.Ct. 2098

40 L.Ed.2d 628


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 20, 1974.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard N. League, Assistant Attorney General of North Carolina, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief was Robert Morgan, Attorney General.

James E. Keenan, by appointment of the Court, 414 U.S. 1020, argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

MR. JUSTICE STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court.

While serving a term of imprisonment in a North Carolina penitentiary, the respondent Perry became involved in an altercation with another inmate. A warrant issued, charging Perry with the misdemeanor of assault with a deadly weapon, N. C. Gen. Stat. § 14-33 (b) (1) (1969). Under North Carolina law, the District Court Division of the General Court of Justice has exclusive jurisdiction for the trial of misdemeanors...

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