A friend of mine from High School once told me it was “documented in history books” that Joseph Smith was a crook. When I asked for this documentation, he produced a reference to an alleged trial in 1826. I researched the event extensively and found there to be little substance to the claim. My research is published here, and my conclusion was basically that although the hard evidence from published accounts/records indicates Joseph Smith was detained and brought before a judge under an accusation of being a “disorderly person,” there is no evidence of an actual trial that could result in an indictment or verdict.
Also, if anyone tries to tell you that being accused (or even convicted and punished) in a court of law makes a person a “crook,” remind them of what that would make of Christ and many of his selected apostles.