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[85] All the charges which I can remember, gentlemen, I have answered; and for your own sakes I think that you should acquit me. A verdict saving my life will alone enable you to comply with the law and your oath; for you have sworn to return a lawful verdict; and while the crime with which I am charged can still be tried legally, the laws under which I was arrested do not concern my case.1 If two trials have been made out of one, it is not I, but my accusers, who are to blame; and I cannot suppose that if my bitterest enemies have involved me in two trials, impartial ministers of justice like yourselves will prematurely find me guilty of murder in the present one.

1 Another reference to the argument that his case could be preperly tried only by a δίκη φόνου before the Areopagus. The “laws under which I was arrested” are of course the νόμοι τῶν κακούργων defining the scope of ἀπαγωγή for the κακουργία.

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