Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 152

 

152

An vero, iudices, vos non intellegitis nihil aliud agi, nisi ut proscriptorum liberi quavis ratione tollantur, et eius rei initium in vestro iure iurando atque in Sex. Rosci periculo quaeri? Dubium est, ad quem maleficium pertineat, cum videatis ex altera parte sectorem, inimicum, sicarium eundemque accusatorem hoc tempore, ex altera parte egentem, probatum suis filium in quo non modo culpa nulla, sed ne suspicio quidem potuit consistere? Numquid hic aliud videtis obstare Sex. Roscio, nisi quod patris bona venierunt?

152

Do not you perceive, O judges, that the sole object of all this is to get rid of the children of proscribed persons by any means; and that the first step to such a proceeding is sought for in your oaths and in the danger of Sextus Roscius? Is there any doubt to whom the guilt belongs, when you see on one side a broker, an enemy, an assassin, the same being also now our accuser, and on the other side a needy man, the son of the murdered man, highly thought of by his friends, on whom not only no crime but no suspicion even can be fixed? Do you see anything else whatever against Roscius except that his father's property has been sold?

 

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