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‘Another (way or topic) is recrimination, when the accuser is involved in the same charge, either at the present time or on some previous occasion; either himself or any of those near to him (relatives, connexions, intimate friends)’. If you can shew that your adversary or any one very near to him is liable to the same charge as that of which he accuses you, though the charge may not therefore fall to the ground, at any rate you can silence him by saying, that he at all events was not the person to make it. Majoragius cites Cic. pro Ligar. § 2. Habes igitur, Tubero, quod est accusatori maxime optandum, confitentem reum, sed tamen ita confitentem, se in ea parte fuisse, qua te, Tubero, qua virum omni laude dignum, patrem tuum. Itaque prius de vestro delicto confiteamini necesse est, quam Ligarii ullam culpam reprehendatis. He adds that the whole of the exordium of the fifth action against Verres is to prove, neminem debere alterum accusare de ea re qua ipse sit infectus.

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