In reaching a just decision it paid no heed to your challenges, Demosthenes,
nor did it wish to pervert the truth or destroy its own reputation on your
account. On the contrary, gentlemen, although, as the Areopagites themselves
said, the council realized beforehand the strength of these men and their
influence as orators and statesmen, it did not consider that if incrimination or
danger was threatening its country it ought to be influenced by any
misrepresentation likely to be published about itself.