Federal court begins hearings concerning the effort of two men to bribe U.S. deputy marshal E. A. Franks to give advance warning of efforts to arrest Mormon polygamists. Both men are sentenced to three years' imprisonment for attempted bribery, but are released in May 1888. Unknown to the court, these men had worked with Brigham Y. Hampton in spying on the anti-Mormons in the brothel. By 1888 Deputy Franks is on the First Presidency's payroll as a bribed informer.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]