A case of High Treason

100 BC the final decree is passed to tribune Saturninus and associates. Rabirius, involved in the death of the tribune prosecuted in 63 BC. Cicero defended Rabirius against Labienus and Julius Caesar. Cicero claimed: Rabirius isn’t put on trial because he is guilty but because it is designed to remove the Final Decree. Rabirius is being used as a puppet because he is weak. Cicero uses “the loyalty card” to convince that Rabirius did what he did because of his duty to Rome and therefore should be praised rather than punished. He uses the blessing of Jupiter and asks him to aid Rabirius AND to help the republic

The case was the Populares, Labienus and Caesar, challenging the Final decree, the last defence against revolution for the optimates.

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