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Cum tacent, clamant.
When they are silent, they shout [cry out].

This statement was made by Cicero and means that "silence is an admission of guilt". Despite the tradition of Western justice that a person accused of a crime is to required to give evidence (or testimony) against him/herself, there is still that view that silence is an admission of guilt.

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