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These men, therefore, he debars from the speaker's platform, these he forbids to address the people. But if any one, in violation of these prohibitions, not only speaks, but is guilty of blackmail and wanton scurrility, and if the city is no longer able to put up with such a man, “Let any citizen who chooses,” he says, “and is competent thereto,1 challenge him to a suit of scrutiny;” and then he commands you2 to render decision on the case in a court of justice. This is the law under authority of which I now appear before you.

1 That is, any man who is not debarred, by crimes of his own, from the ordinary privileges of the courts.

2 You, the people as jurymen.

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