"I confess," said the Accuser
, "that in comparison with the rascally way in which you have conducted yourself on the Bench, the rascally way in which you got there does seem rather a trifle."
Then he proceeds to divide his accusers into two classes; first, there is the nameless accuser--public opinion.
For the penalty of unrighteousness is swifter than death; that penalty has already overtaken his accusers as death will soon overtake him.
He will not say or do anything that might pervert the course of justice; he cannot have his tongue bound even 'in the throat of death.' With his accusers he will only fence and play, as he had fenced with other 'improvers of youth,' answering the Sophist according to his sophistry all his life long.
At this moment the accuser concluded with these words: "The present accusation is preferred by us in the name of the English people."
This voice was that of Athos, who, standing up with outstretched hand and quite out of his mind, thus assailed the public accuser.
"You have but to slip your hand in the count's coat pocket and you will see that the accusation is quite serious," insisted the accuser. And then, as the others still hesitated to do so: "Come, I shall do it myself if no other will," and he stepped forward toward the count.
Then he turned to his accuser, and eyed him intently for a moment.
His dark eyes glanced rapidly over the assembly, and finally settled with a grim and menacing twinkle upon the face of his accuser.
"That can I," answered the accuser. "So too can brother Porphyry, who was with me, and brother Mark of the Spicarium, who hath been so much stirred and inwardly troubled by the sight that he now lies in a fever through it."
of life--them life overcometh with a glance of the eye.
But an I would, I could not, for that the accuser
came masked by night, and told the forester, and straightway got him hence again, and so the forester knoweth him not."
What other body would be likely to feel CONFIDENCE ENOUGH IN ITS OWN SITUATION, to preserve, unawed and uninfluenced, the necessary impartiality between an INDIVIDUAL accused, and the REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, HIS ACCUSERS
"The boldest thing that the accusers
did," continued Grandfather, "was to cry out against the governor's own beloved wife.
In the Kobe Bryant case, for instance, the defense attorney's much-criticized claim that Bryant's accuser
had very recently had sexual relations with two other men appears to have been corroborated by physical evidence.