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Here he brings against me in one mass a host of dreadful charges; for he accuses me of assault and battery, outrage, and of violent wrongs even against heiresses.1 But for each of these wrongdoings actions are separate; they do not come before the same magistrates and they are not for the recovery of the same penalties. Assault and battery and crimes of violence come before the Forty2; cases of outrage before the Thesmothetae; and all crimes against heiresses before the Archon.3 And the laws grant the filing of pleas to bar action also in case of charges brought before magistrates who have not due competency.

Read them this law.“ Law

1 See Dem. 37.45; and compare the oration against Meidias (Dem. 21.79).

2 “The Forty” were circuit judges.

3 That is, the chief archon.

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