William Still said

Of the five colored porters who promptly appeared, with warm hearts throbbing in sympathy with the
mother and her children, too much cannot be said in commendation. In the present case they acted
nobly, whatever may be said of their general character, of which I know nothing. How human beings,
who have ever tasted oppression, could have acted differently under the circumstances I cannot
conceive. William Still "The Underground Railroad (1872)

The defendants on trial, in addition to William Still, were
William Curtis,
James P. Braddock,
John Ballard,
James Martin
Isaiah Moore
,
"But it was a bold and perilous move on the part of her friends,  and the deepest
apprehensions were felt for a while, for the  result. The United States Marshal was there

with his warrant and  an extra force to execute it. The officers of the court and  other State
officers were there to protect the witness and  vindicate the laws of the State. Vandyke,

the United States District Attorney, swore he would take her. The State officers swore he
should not, and for a while it seemed that nothing could avert a bloody scene. It was

expected that the conflict would take place at the door, when she should leave the room,
so that when she and her friends went out, and for some time after, the most intense
suspense pervaded the court-room. She was, however, allowed to enter the carriage

that awaited her without disturbance. She was accompanied by Mr. McKim, Secretary of
the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Lucretia Mott and George Corson, one of our
most manly and intrepid police officers. The carriage was followed by another filled with
officers as a guard; and thus escorted she was taken back in safety to the house from

which she had been brought. Her title to Freedom   under the laws of the State will hardly
again be brought into question.


New York Tribune (quoted in The Underground Railroad (1872) by William Still)
The trial took place on August 29, 1855
Jane Johnson risking recapture
testified
Mr. McKim and other noted abolitionists managing the defense, were equally alive to the importance of
overwhelming the enemy in this particular issue. The Hon. Charles Gibbons, was engaged to defend
William Still, and William S. Pierce, Esq., and William B. Birney, Esq., the other five colored defendants.

In order to make the victory complete, the anti-slavery friends deemed it of the highest importance to have
Jane Johnson in court, to face her master, and under oath to sweep away his "refuge of lies," with regard
to her being "abducted," and her unwillingness to "leave her master," etc. So Mr. McKim and the friends very
privately arranged to have Jane Johnson on hand at the opening of the defense.

Mrs. Lucretia Mott, Mrs. McKim, Miss Sarah Pugh and Mrs. Plumly, volunteered to accompany this poor slave
mother to the court-house and to occupy seats by her side, while she should face her master, and
boldly, on oath, contradict all his hard swearing.
The case of Wm. Still ended in his acquittal; the other five colored men
were taken up in order. And it is scarcely necessary to say that Messrs.
Peirce and Birney did full justice to all concerned. Mr. Peirce, especially,
was one of the oldest,ablest and most faithful lawyers to the slave of the
Philadelphia Bar. He never was known, it may safely be said, to hesitate
in the darkest days of Slavery to give his time and talents to the fugitive,
even in the most hopeless cases, and when, from the unpopularity of
such a course, serious sacrifices would be likely to result. Consequently
he was but at home in this case, and most nobly did he defend his
clients, with the same earnestness that a man would defend his fireside
against the approach of burglars. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury
returned a verdict of "not guilty," as to all the persons in the first
count, charging them with riot. In the second count, charging them with
"Assault and Battery" (on Col. Wheeler) Ballard and Curtis were found
"guilty," the rest "not guilty." The guilty were given about a week in
jail. Thus ended this act in the Wheeler drama.
William Still,
The Undergroound Railroad (1872)