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[31] Apart from this, Leocrates will presently proclaim that he is a simple citizen and is falling a prey to the cunning of an orator and false informer. But I am sure you all know well the characteristic behavior of those unscrupulous men who try to lay false information; for when they choose their part they look for vantage-points on which to quibble against those on trial, whereas the man whose aims in going to law are honest, who brings proofs to bear against those who come under the herald's curse,1 does just the opposite, as I myself am doing.

1 Before meetings of the Assembly and the Council a curse was pronounced by the herald against all who might be acting treasonably against the state (see Dem. 19.70).

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