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And he, even during his praetorship, exercised the office of judge in public cases. 1 For even that must not be passed over. A fine was sought to be recovered from Quintus Opimius before him while praetor; who was brought to trial, as it was alleged, indeed, because while tribune of the people he had interposed his veto in a manner contrary to the Cornelian law, 2 but, in reality, because while tribune of the people he had said something which gave offence to some one of the nobles. And if I were to wish to say anything of that decision, I should have to call in question and to attack many people, which it is not necessary for me to do. I will only say that a few arrogant men, to say the least of them, with his assistance, ruined all the fortunes of Quintus Opimius in fun and joke.

1 The praetors appointed the judges, but had not themselves the right of sitting as judges in all criminal cases, only in a few special ones.

2 This law had been passed by Sulla to take away from the tribunes the power of interposing their veto, but Pompeius restored it to them.

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