The strongest line to take in this form
of defence is to defend the act forming the subject
of the charge by appealing to its motive. An
example of this is provided by the defence put
forward on behalf of Orestes, Horatius or Milo. The
term ἀντέγκλημα, or counter-accusation, is employed
when our defence consists entirely in accusing the
person whom our opponents are seeking to vindicate.
“He was killed, but he was a robber; he was blinded,
but he was a ravisher.”
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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