Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

The Habeas Corpus Protection of Joseph Smith from Missouri Arrest Requisitions

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
8/9/2018
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
40 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
interstate habeas corpus, Joseph Smith, lds, Missouri Arrest Requisitions, Mormonism

Abstract: This is the first of two articles discussing Missouri’s requisitions to extradite Joseph Smith to face criminal charges and the Prophet’s recourse to English habeas corpus practice to defend himself. In this article, the author presents research rejecting the suggestion that the habeas corpus powers of the Nauvoo City Council were irregular and explains why the idea that the Nauvoo Municipal Court lacked jurisdiction to consider interstate habeas corpus matters is anachronistic. In the second article, the author analyzes the conduct of Missouri Governor Thomas Reynolds in relation to the requisitions for Joseph Smith’s extradition. Even by the standards of the day, given what he knew, his conduct was unethical.

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