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In the play The Last Days of Socrates by Plato Socrates is found guilty of the charges brought against him Taking into account the articles Euthyphro the Apology and IF Stones article When Free Speech was First Condemned it is not surprising that Socrates was found guilty In Euthyphro and in IF Stones article Socrates shows the reader that he is aware that his charges are severe and perhaps it is better for him to be convicted It seems to the reader that Socrates is actually trying to be convicted In The Apology Socrates claims of wisdom impatience with the jury and arrogance cause the jury to convict him and sentence him to death Socrates attitude makes his defense weak and therefore it is not surprising he was convicted and found guilty Socrates understood that the charges against him would prove to be difficult to over come he even explains to the jury that he is doubtful of his success Euthyphro tells Socrates that a charge of improvising on the subject of the gods is easily misrepresented before the general public a charge that Socrates must defend Then the two men agree that a criminal would not in his right mind admit that he did wrong and then ask for no penalty So based on his conversation with Euthyphro Socrates concludes that his case is a matter of who did it what he did and when he did it not whether the act was right or wrong His conversation with Euthyphro leads Socrates to conclude that it is difficult to ascertain what is holy and unholy right or wrong Therefore Socrates plans on defending his case by answering the questions of who what and when because it would be impossible to prove instead if he was right or wrong Socrates chosen method of defense is not familiar to the Athenians It is customary in the Athenian court that the plaintiff pleads his case to
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