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[17] In the last resort we may plead for mercy, a though most writers deny that this is ever admissible in the courts.1 Indeed Cicero himself seems to support this view in his defence of Quintus Ligarius where he says, “I have pleaded many causes, Caesar, some of them even in association with yourself, so long as your political ambitions prevented you from abandoning the bar, but never have I pleaded in words such as these, ' Forgive him, gentlemen, he erred, he made a slip, he did not think that it mattered, he will never do it again,'” and so on.

1 Pro Lig. X. 30.

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