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The Third Tetralogy: Prosecution for Murder Of One Who Pleads Self-Defense
Reply to a Charge of Murder, Arguing that the Accused Killed in Self-Defense
 He was thus admittedly the wilful author of the blow; how can he have killed willfully,when he struck otherwise than he intended?Further, it is with the aggressor rather than with him who was defending himself that the responsibiIity for the error itself rests. The one was seeking to retaliate for the blows which he was receiving, when he committed his error: he was being forced to act by his attacker; whereas with the other, it was his own lack of self-control which caused him to give and receive the blows which he did: and so, since he is responsible both for his own error and for his victim's, he deserves the name of murderer.