Petition to Nauvoo Municipal Court, 12 June 1844 [State of Illinois v. JS for Riot on Habeas Corpus]

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State of Illinois)
City of )
To the Honorable Municipal Court in and for the said city of
Your Petitioner Joseph Smith respectfully represents that he is now under arrest in the said city of
That he is in the custody of one a constable in and <​for​> the said County of who holds your Petitioner as he says by virtue of a Warrant issued by one an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the said County of — State of Illinois, which warrant was issued upon the affidavit of one charging your Petitioner with being guilty of a or of Having committed a riot within the aforesaid—
Your Petitioner further represents that the warrant of arrest by virtue of which the said has made this arrest— does not disclose sufficently clear and explicit the charge they have prefered—
Your Petitioner further avers that this proceeding against him have <​has​> been instituted through malice Private pique & corruption
Your Petitioner further avers that the design and intention of the said in commencing this prosecution is to commit and carry <​out​> more easily a conspiracy against the Life of your Petitioner that the said has publicly declared that it was his determinnation to do every thing in his power to [p. [1]] throw your Petitioner into the hands of his Enemies and that there is a determanation upon the part of the said and his unhallowed coadjutors to commit an unlawful act and to set the rights and privileges of your Petitioner at defiance and bring down upon his head this corrupt and unhallowed prosecution
Your Petitioner furthr avers that he is not guilty of the charge prefered against him— that he seeks an investigation before an impartial Tribunal and fears not the result
And further that the
Your Petitioner would therefore ask your honorable Body to grant him the benefit of the writ of that this matter may be investigated upon Legal principles and <​that​> the Legal and constitutional rights of your Petitioner may be determined by your Honorabel Body And Your Petitioner as in duty bound will Ever pray—
Joseph Smith
Subscribed and Sworn to this 12th day of June 1844. before me
Clerk M. C. C [municipal court of the city of ] [5 lines blank] [p. [2]]
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    Signature of JS.  

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    Certification in the handwriting of Willard Richards.