He asked the wrong questions

The death of Socrates was the legal consequence of asking politico-philosophic questions of his students, from which resulted the two accusations, of moral corruption and of impiety. At trial, the majority of the dikasts (male-citizen jurors chosen by lot) voted to convict him of the two charges; then, consistent with common legal practice, voted to determine his punishment, and agreed to a sentence of death, to be executed by Socrates’s drinking a poisonous beverage of hemlock.