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[143] They do these things, not because they are ignorant of the issues on which they are to vote, but because they intend to inflict injury and do not expect to be found out;1 and so, by protecting those of their own kind, they think they are providing for their own safety.

“I have told you this in order that, being forewarned, you may be able to handle your case to better advantage and to use less dangerous arguments before the jury. For as things are, what judgement can you expect such men to reach when you tell them of your life and your conduct, which are not in the least degree like their own, but such as you are attempting to describe to me?

1 The voting of Athenian juries was by secret ballot. Cf. Isoc. 7.34.

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