5. C. Junius
, presided as judex quaestionis in the year of Verres's praetorship, B. C. 74, in the court which condemned Scamander, Fabricius, and Oppianicus, for having attempted to poison the elder Cluentius.
The opinion that this verdict was gained by bribing the judices, and, among them, Junius, was so strongly believed, and excited such universal indignation, that Junius, although he had been aedile, and had a good prospect of obtaining the praetorship, was obliged to retire from public life altogether, and the Judicium Junianum
became a bye-word for a corrupt and unrighteous judgment. (Cic. Clu. 1
, c. Verr.
1.10, 61; Pseudo-Ascon. in Verr.
p. 141, ed Orelli.) This Junius had a son of the same name. (Pro Cluent.