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[5] However, since the people at this time set themselves against those who combined and testified against him, the jurors were frightened and surrounded themselves with a guard, and most of them cast their voting-tablets with the writing on them confused.1 But nevertheless those who were for acquittal appeared to be in the majority; and some bribery also was said to have been used.

1 Cf. also the Caesar, x. 7. Each juror was provided with three tablets, on one of which was marked A (absolvo); on a second C (condemno); and on a third N.L. (non liquet). The jurors voted by placing one of these tablets in the urn. Plutarch must have misunderstood his source.

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