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[21] Similarly, it may be shown that charges are hasty, insidious or vindictive. The strongest argument, however, which can be brought against a charge is that it involves peril to the community or to the judges themselves; we find an example of the former in the pro Tullio,1 where Cicero says “Who ever laid down such a principle as this, or who could be allowed, without grave peril to the community, to kill a man, just because he asserts that he feared that he himself might be [p. 325] killed by him?” An instance of the latter occurs in the pro Oppio, where Cicero warns the judges at some length not to permit such an action to be brought against the equestrian order.2

1 cp. IV. ii. 131. The speech is lost.

2 A third of the jury were composed of equites. cp. III. vii 20, v. ix. 13.

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