innumerabilia, de istis duobus cum cogito, doleo nihil tuam perpetuam auctoritatem de pace valuisse! nam nec istos excellentis viros nec multos alios praestantis civis res publica perdidisset.”Against P. Cornelius Sulla (F2–2A)
In 62 BC, after the Catilinarian Conspiracy, Torquatus prosecuted (Alexander 2002, 189–205) P. Cornelius Sulla (a relative of the dictator Sulla), defended by Q. Hortensius Hortalus (92 F 38–39) and Cicero (Cic. Sull.), under the Lex Plautia de vi (TLRR 234; cf. Schol. Bob. ad Cic. Sull. [pp.77–84 St.]). P. Cornelius Sulla (like P. Autronius Paetus; TLRR 200) had been prosecuted by Torquatus
F 2 Gell. NA 1.5.3
= 92 F 39.
F 2A Cic. Sull. 2, 3, 10–11, 21, 22, 25, 30, 35–36, 38, 39–40, 48, 54, 60, 62, 63, 67, 68, 78, 81, 82
et quoniam L. Torquatus, meus familiaris ac necessarius, iudices, existimavit, si nostram in accusatione sua necessitudinem familiaritatemque violasset, aliquid se de auctoritate meae defensionis posse detrahere, cum huius periculi propulsatione coniungam defensionem offici mei....  ac primum abs te illud, L. Torquate, quaero, cur me a ceteris clarissimis viris ac principibus civitatis in hoc officio atque in defensionis iure secernas. quid enim est quam ob rem abs te Q. Hortensi factum, clarissimi viri atque
other matters that are countless, when I think about those two men, how I grieve that your persistent advocacy of peace was without avail! For then the Republic would have lost neither those excellent men nor many other outstanding citizens.”Against P. Cornelius Sulla (F 2–2A)
(Cic.), who may have been a subsidiary prosecutor, or his father (Asc.), for bribery in the consular elections for 65 BC; the successful conviction had enabled the elder L. Manlius Torquatus (109) to assume the consulship for that year (TLRR 201; cf. 86 F 12; Cic. Sull. 49–50, 90; Fin. 2.62; Asc. in Cic. Corn. [p.75.7–9 C.]; Sall. Cat. 18.2; Suet. Iul. 9.1; Cass. Dio 36.44.3).
F 2 Gellius, Attic Nights
= 92 F 39.
F 2A Cicero, Pro Sulla
And since L. Torquatus, my close and intimate friend, judges, thought that if he had violated our intimacy and friendship in his speech for the prosecution, he might in some way diminish the authority of my speech for the defense, I will combine a defense of my role with repelling the danger to this man [Sulla]....  And first I ask you this, L. Torquatus, why you are setting me apart from other very distinguished figures and leading men in the community over this obligation and over the right to appear for the defense. For why is it that the action of Q. Hortensius [Q. Hortensius Hortalus (92)], a most distinguished