Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, had been accused of treason and an assassination attempt against a former Missouri Governor. The State of Missouri sought to extradite Smith from Nauvoo, Illinois to face these charges. After his arrest, Smith sued for a Writ of Habeas Corpus to free himself.
In a retrospective on his actions as Illinois Governor during the Mormon Wars, Thomas Ford wrote that it was good for the Mormons to have been driven out of the state and said that their beliefs and actions were too different to have survived in Illinois.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, will sponsor a series of events to explore whether the role of the Court is to be the safeguard for community values and whether someone from a polarizing political community can obtain a fair trial.
All of the events will be recorded and made available at a later date. If you would like to be notified when videos become available,
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September 23: Nauvoo. Featured lectures and tours of the historic city of Nauvoo with a plenary session on Joseph Smith’s legal troubles by Dallin Oaks. For images of the day's events click here.
September 24: Joseph Smith Reenactment & Discussion, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois. For images of the evening's events click here.
October 14: Joseph Smith Reenactment & Discussion, Logan Auditorium,
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Follow for Tickets and Reservations.