Joseph Smith went to Chardon, Ohio, to attend court as a witness for the prosecution in the case of Ohio v. Doctor Philastus Hurlbut.
While preparing subpoenas for witnesses at Ezekiel Rider's house, Joseph Smith prophesied that the Lord would not allow Doctor Philastus Hurlbut to prevail in court against Joseph.
Ohio v. Doctor Philastus Hurlbut: Joseph Smith attended court in the matter of his complaint against Hurlbut.
Joseph Smith served as a witness for John Johnson.
Ohio v. Doctor Philastus Hurlbut: The trial continued with seventeen prosecution witnesses and four defense witnesses testifying. Judge Birchard ruled that Joseph Smith had sufficient cause to file a complaint. Hurlbut was ordered to pay the court costs and enter into a $200 recognizance to keep the peace for six months.
State of Ohio v. Hurlbut: Sheriff Jabez Tracy attempted to apprehend Hurlbut to require him to satisfy the judgment, but Hurlbut was not found.
Ohio v. Joseph Smith. The state of Ohio brought an action against Joseph for assaulting Calvin Stoddard, his brother-in-law (married to his sister Sophronia).
Joseph Smith dictated instructions for the high council of the Church in Missouri and urged them to sign a petition to Missouri Governor Daniel Dunklin requesting his protection.
Dennis Lake v. Joseph Smith. A summons, issued by Dennis Lake as plaintiff, was served on Joseph Smith by Constable J. Ames. Lake alleged that Joseph had promised him a lot in Missouri if he would march with Zion's Camp, which he had done.
Lake v. Smith: The parties and their attorneys attended a Justice of the Peace court before Justice of the Peace J. C. Dowen. Proofs and allegations were heard, and court was adjourned until December 4, 1834.
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