Joseph stands trial for the incident with Adam Black before Judge Austin A. King (a Methodist whose brother had been killed in the anti-Mormon riots of Jackson County in 1833. Joseph is accused of having threatened Adam Black's life on Aug. 8, 1838. In spite of the lack of hard evidence, the judge gives in to fear of mobbers and fines Joseph and Lyman Wight a $500 security bond. ... Rumors reach Joseph that a mob has gathered to attack Adam-ondi-Ahman.
[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]