t Hortensius, the
advocate of Verres, withdrew from the case, and Verres himself went into
exile.Plutarch, Cic. 7, 8; in Verr. 2.2.192.
4. His prosecution of Verres as well as his defense of Roscius Amerinus (80
B.C.) and of Cornelius Sulla (in 62 B.C.) have caused much discussion of
Cicero's political tendencies during this early period. All three of these
cases had a pronounced political character, and in all three Cicero was the
advocate of democratic interests. He defended Roscius againsim to make a parting speech
on the ground that in
punishing the Catilinarian conspirators he had put Roman citizens to death
without a trial.
Cicero, Clodius, and the Triumvirs.
（Aet. 45-48. B.C. 62-59. Epist. III.-IX.)
9. The year 62 B.C.
opened with a series of bitter attacks upon the
senate by Pompey's tool, the tribune Metellus Nepos, supported by the praetor
C. Julius Caesar. Against Cicero, his consulship, and the execution of the
conspirators, Metellus made his fiercest on