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Swindle & Fraud

Volume VIII, Number 2 | spring 2015

Miscellany

In the law courts of democratic Athens in the 5th century BC, citizens on trial were compelled to offer their own defenses, often hiring speechwriters. “If I make a mistake in speaking, pardon me and treat it as due to inexperience rather than dishonesty,” pleaded one defendant, who had hired the orator Antiphon to compose the entire speech.

Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.

- Patricia Highsmith, 1960

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