155 years ago today - Jun 15, 1862

(June 13th-15th) With authorization of Utah's acting governor Frank Fuller, military-sized Mormon "posse" attacks schismatic community of Joseph Morris in Weber County, Utah. Mormon forces kill principal leaders of the "Morrisite War" for resisting arrest. The rest of the community is imprisoned but receive the governor's pardon on 31 Mar. 1863. [Joseph Morris is killed when he resists arrest and two women are "accidentally" killed in the process. Robert T. Burton, leader of the posse, is indicted eight years later for murder of Morris and others but the indictment is quashed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1879 Burton is again indicted and brought to trial for the murder of one of the women. A "mixed" jury of Mormons and non-Mormons finds him not guilty.]

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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