135 years ago today - Wednesday, Nov 24, 1886

[Apostle John Henry Smith]


The day was spent in examining witnesses and in the speeches of the attorneys. The jury returned after the Judge had given a severe charge which plainly showed that he desired the defendant convicted. The jury came in twice for instructions and after being out for about six hours brought in a verdict Of Not Guilty. The crowd being overjoyed shouted for joy and the Judge fined two of them five dollars each. Judge Henderson displayed the utmost fairness in all of his rullings until he gave his charge to the jury.

[Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

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