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For the following question, refer to the text below, from the Twelve Tables, Table 1:

6-9. When the litigants settle their case by compromise, let the magistrate announce it. If they do not compromise, let them state each his own side of the case, in the comitium of the forum before noon. Afterwards let them talk it out together, while both are present. After noon, in case either party has failed to appear, let the magistrate pronounce judgment in favor of the one who is present. If both are present the trial may last until sunset but no later.

How did this law lead to the development of democratic principles?

A. Citizens began to favor compromise over executive orders.

B. Punishment could be equally determined by judges or citizens.

C. Fast resolution of legal matters gave citizens more power.

D. Property rights of neighbors became written laws.

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