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[9] Hence I cannot but think it strange that while defendants who are convicted by but a single vote1 are put to death and have their property confiscated by you, those who win their case should have to face the same charges again: that while the court has the power to take away life, it should so clearly lack the authority to save it once and finally, especially as the laws forbid the same charge to be brought twice against the same defendant, and you have sworn to observe those laws.

1 i.e. by a majority of one. If the jury was equally divided, the accused was acquitted. Cf. Antiph. 5.51.

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