In 61 B.C. he was the chief accuser of P. Clodius in the affair of the festival of Bona Dea.
His dilatoriness during the second embassy (346) sent to ratify the terms of peace led to his accusation by Demosthenes and Timarchus on a charge of high treason, but he was acquitted as the result of a powerful speech, in which he showed that his accuser Timarchus had, by his immoral conduct, forfeited the right to speak before the people.
To charges from such a source, and brought in such a manner, Hastings disdained to reply, and referred his accuser to the supreme court.
Mowbray denied it, ment of and challenged his accuser to a judicial duel.
But, as no particle of evidence on his side was advanced, the protest of his representative was rejected, and Bothwell, acquitted in default of witnesses against him, was free to challenge any persistent accuser to the ancient ordeal of battle.
Penalties were also inflicted if an accuser failed to carry the prosecution through or to obtain a fifth part of the votes.
He is portrayed as the archadversary and accuser of man.
In 403 he came forward as the accuser of Eratosthenes, one of the Thirty Tyrants.
Sometimes the accuser was rewarded with the rights of citizenship, a place in the senate, or a share of the property of the accused.
I), yet he is represented both as accuser and tempter.