AULUS CLUENTIUS HABITUS, of LarinRm in Samnium, the hero of a Roman cause celebre.
Had it been successful, the property of Cluentius would have fallen to his mother Sassia.
The result was the degradation of Cluentius himself and several of the jurymen.
In 66, Sassia induced her stepson Oppianicus to charge Cluentius with having caused the elder Oppianicus to be poisoned while in exile.
In the end Cluentius was acquitted.
His efforts are chiefly devoted to proving that the condemnation of the elder Oppianicus was just and in no way the result of the jury having been bribed by Cluentius; only a small portion of the end of the speech deals with the specific charge.
But even if it could be shown that Cluentius had bribed the jurymen, this did not prove that he had poisoned Oppianicus, although it supplied a sufficient reason for wishing to get him out of the way.
In the same year he spoke on behalf of the proposal of Gaius Manilius to transfer the command against Mithradates from Lucullus to Pompey (de Lege Manilia), and delivered his clever but disingenuous defence of Aulus Cluentius (pro Cluentio) .
He used to boast that he had cast dust into the eyes of the jury in the case of Cluentius (Quintil.