Everybody hates to be bugged. People getting asked questions that you don't know how to respond to and then they keep on asking a series of questions can drive someone up a wall. The "great" philosopher Socrates was one of those people that bugged everyone. The series of interrogating questions was even named the Socratic Method. Socrates was even put to trial for corrupting the youth and atheism because of the way he talked to people. If I was on the jury for his trial I would've voted guilty for corrupting the youth.
One of the reasons why I would convict Socrates is that he is trying to change the way people think. When speaking with others Socrates raised questions about the Athenian government and Athenian ideals. Nothing was wrong with the way people thought before Socrates. Athens was very prosperous so there wasn't a need for change. When people start questioning the government, they start coming up with new ideas. New ideas can then bring on revolt against the current government and this was especially true back in those times. For these reasons I would have found him guilty in order to protect the Athenian government.
Another point to Socrates' guilt is that he made others feel inferior. An example of this is in the The Euthyphro. When Socrates finds out the situation Euthyphro is dealing with and starts using his Socratic Method, it is evident from Euthyphro answers that he is uncomfortable. It would have been alright for Socrates to express his thoughts on the situation, but he could have just said them in a few sentences instead of badgering Euthyphro with questions to get his point across. In getting his point across he made Euthyphro feel less of a man and there was no need for that.
Socrates; although not intentional, was a mean person. There is no need for mean people; therefore, as an added incentive I would have put in a guilty vote to take a mean person out of society. Along with making others feel dumb, Socrates displays a strong arrogance. When he talks, he acts as though he is better than the others. There is a ton of arrogance represented in the Apology, for example when he proclaims "Men of Athens, do not interrupt, but hear me; there was an agreement between us that you should hear me out.
And I think that what I am going to say will do you good: for I have something more to say, at which you may be inclined to cry out; but I beg that you will not do this" (31). Who would talk to a jury that way if they were defending themselves? Nobody was even trying to interrupt him. I as a juror would view this as disrespect to the court and thus Athenian Law. If he speaks with this arrogance to the people who are judging him, imagine how he would act to a young man. Socrates' ego was most likely due to the fact that the Oracle told Apollo that Socrates was the most intelligent person around.
That would naturally give someone a big head, but his behavior was not acceptable. His arrogance just adds to my guilty vote. I do admit that Socrates was a very intelligent man of his time, but did not put his smarts to good use. Although he felt he was using his skills to better society, society as a whole and I viewed his actions as corruption of the Athenian living. With Socrates having the combination of changing the way people thought, making others feel inferior, and his arrogance, he was just a nuisance to society. He was doing more negative than positive and therefore I would have convicted him of corruption.