5. Q. OPIMIUS L. F. Q. N. was brought to trial before Verres in his praetorship (B. C. 74), on the plea that he had interceded against the Lex Cornelia, when he was tribune in the preceding year (B. C. 75); but, in reality, because he had in his tribunate opposed the wishes of some Roman noble.
He was condemned by Verres, and deprived of all his property.
It appears from the Pseudo-Asconius that Opimius had in his tribunate supported the law of the consul C. Aurelius Cotta, which restored to the tribunes the right of being elected to the other magistracies of the state after the tribunate, of which privilege they had been deprived by a Lex Cornelia of the dictator Sulla. (Cic. Ver. 1.60
; Pseudo-Ascon. in Verr.
p. 200, ed. Orelli.)