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Although many men of importance stood for the praetorship along with Cicero, he was appointed first of them all;1 and men thought that he managed the cases which came before him with integrity and fairness. It is said, too, that Licinius Macer, a man who had great power in the city on his own account and also enjoyed the help of Crassus, was tried before Cicero for fraud, and that, relying upon his influence and the efforts made in his behalf,

1 In 66 B.C. Eight praetors were appointed, and the one who received most votes was made city praetor, or chief magistrate.

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