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He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation.

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Source Notes: Source: Proverb.Robert Christy, Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages, p. 470, no. 12 .The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, 3d ed., rev. F. P. Wilson, p. 234 , has He who excuses himself, accuses himself. Shakespeare expressed it as, And oftentimes excusing of a fault / Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.King John, act IV, scene ii, lines 3031.

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