You are aware,
Athenians, that whereas this man Demosthenes is here for judgement before you,
you are on trial before your fellows. For they are waiting to see what kind of
conclusion you will reach about your country's interests: are you going to
welcome into your midst the private venality and corruption of these people, or
will you make it universally known that you hate men who accept bribes against
their city and that, in ordering the Areopagus to make its inquiry, your
intention was not to acquit the culprits but rather, when the councillors had
made their report, to exact punishment in a manner appropriate to the crimes?
This decision then rests with you now.