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after this, when the senate had returned to the senate chamber,1 they expelled him on the preliminary ballot, but took him back on the final vote.2 I must tell you, however unpleasant it is to mention it, that for their failure to hand him over to the courts, or even to expel him from the senate chamber, they failed to receive the usual testimonial. I beg you therefore, fellow citizens, not to present the spectacle of showing resentment toward the senate, and depriving five hundred citizens of a crown because they failed to punish the defendant, and then letting him go free yourselves; and I beg you not to preserve for the popular assembly a public man who has proved useless to the senate.

1 The senators had been sitting with the other citizens as members of the assembly. After the adjournment of the assembly, the senate resumed its session.

2 It appears that on the question of the expulsion of a member there was a preliminary vote with leaves as ballots, and a final one with the ordinary ballots.

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