Demurrer, Plea in Smith v. Campbell, [Law papers].
Summary: Campbell sued Smith in an action of slander and requested $2,000 in damages. Campbell, the state's attorney, claimed that Smith publicly accused him of drunkenness, neglect of duty, and collusion by purposefully drawing defective indictments through which grocery owners might escape punishment for unlawfully selling liquor in quantities of less than one quart. Smith pleaded not guilty, but the jury found for Campbell and awarded $450. Smith appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court on the grounds that the verdict contradicted the evidence. The court dismissed the appeal after Smith failed to file the court record on time. Lincoln represented Campbell in the trial and the appeal.