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Mon July 8, 2013
Re-enactment Of Mormon Leader's Illinois Court Case
The founder of the Mormon Church and efforts to extradite him in the 1800's will again provide courtroom drama as a series of events will be held later this year.
Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hearings were held regarding Missouri's attempt to extradite him from Illinois for charges that included treason. Smith exercised his right of habeas corpus, requiring hearings to determine if they were being lawfully held in custody.
The hearings will be recreated in September at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and later at an event in Chicago.
John Lupton, is Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, which is helping put on the reenactments.
The reenactments are set for September 24 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield and October 14 in Chicago. The reenactments will be followed by panel discussions that include historians and legal experts. Tickets will be available starting July 15th.