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Fuente:Bradshaw:Defining Adultery:José Smith no podría haber sido condenado adecuadamente de adulterio bajo la ley de Illinois en 1844
M. Scott Bradshaw: "José Smith no podría haber sido condenado adecuadamente de adulterio bajo la ley de Illinois en 1844"
M. Scott Bradshaw:
Joseph Smith could not have been properly convicted of adultery under the law of Illinois in 1844. Illinois law only criminalized adultery or fornication if it was "open". Had Joseph lived to face trial on this charge, he would have had good reason to expect acquittal because his relationships with his plural wives were not open, but were kept confidential and known by a relative few. Given a fair trial on this indictment, Joseph could have relied on several legal defenses.:402
- M. Scott Bradshaw, "Defining Adultery under Illinois and Nauvoo Law," in Sustaining the Law, edited by Madsen, Walker, and Welch.