As an aedile Cicero prosecuted Gaius Verres. He took on the case because he had links to Sicily having been quaester there in 75BC and he was regarded as successful after the Roscius trial. He was against Verres' defender, Hortensius who was campaigning to become consul for 69BC. The president of the extortion court was Marcus Metellus who was the brother of Quintus Metellus who was also campaigning to become consul alongside Hortensius for 69BC. They were aristocrats. They had patronage in Sicily. They were supporters of Sulla. Cicero was risking both his career and being put on the prescription lists.
- Theft from Carbo
- Devestation of Asia