by Tim Barker
In my original posting on this subject, I stated that the circumstantial evidence available had led me to preliminarily conclude that Judge Alexander R. Tiffany was the magistrate who dismissed the Lucy Harris case against Joseph Smith, and that the case was held on Tuesday, May 26, 1829. The purpose of this post is to explore the New York legal environment in 1829, and identify pertinent laws, as well as identities of judicial characters from this period that may be relevant to this case. Additionally, the motives behind Lucy's suit will be explored and her explanation of the case will be assessed in light of relevant New York Statutes. In assessing this history, we will better understand the context of the Lucy Harris case. My preliminary conclusion will be revised where necessary based on the results of any pertinent findings.