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[21] In such cases the defence must always come first for three reasons. In the first place, we naturally prefer to secure our own safety than to injure our opponent, while secondly, our accusation will carry greater weight if we have first proved our own innocence, and thirdly, we shall thus secure a double line of defence. For the man who says, “I did not kill him,” is then free to go on to say, “You killed him,” whereas it is superfluous for the man who says, “You killed him,” to go on to say, “I did not kill him.”

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