Stand Mute

Stand Mute

The state of affairs that arises when a defendant in a criminal action refuses to plead either guilty or not guilty.

When a defendant stands mute, the court will generally order a not guilty plea to be entered.

References in classic literature ?
Long did the travelers stand mute, watching the constellated firmament, upon which the moon, like a vast screen, made an enormous black hole.
It's about what can happen in a democratic society when politicians go too far, when they not only stand mute when hateful words that cross civilised red lines suddenly become part of the public discourse, but, worse, start to wink at and dabble in this hate speech for their advantage.
On behalf of the memory of those who lie in the green fields of France, here are the lines that tell the truth of war, left out by Joss Stone: "the countless white crosses stand mute in the sand, to man's blind indifference to his fellow man, to a whole generation that was butchered and damned".
Like the solitary pillar in Acacia, several dozen kilometres to the North, some of the homes have already been abandoned and stand mute testimony to an unconsummated pledge made by the past administration of a quicker and comfortable daily travel between Manila and the provinces north of it.
Listening to the full-bodied guitars and deeply resonant vocals on "Here and Now'' is a radically different experience than sinking into the a cappella "You May Stand Mute,'' with its soaring, stirring gospel harmonies.
Beheshti's mother, Gohar Eshghi, whose refusal to stand mute has done much to keep the case in the public eye, has written President Rohani asking his assistance in bringing her son's alleged murderer to justice.
Only the sands of Amanpulo and other paradise islands in the province stand mute witnesses to secret meetings regarding the fate of the Malampaya fund.
And when the gendarmes arrive, do you just stand mute like a robot?
A number of President Bashar al-Assad's longtime apologists have decided that they can no longer stand mute.
I'll say this-- I believe even the Virgin in her supposed perfection would rather fly to where the sheep still laze and the mosquitoes mill and for miles the fields stand mute, still green, the child unborn, the star a guide to stables other than hers.
The suggested flaw in that reasoning, though, is that this borrower was not left stupefied by the initiation of the foreclosure such that he would stand mute and lose his house without a fight.
There are the (usually) fundamentalist weddings in which the two people getting married stand mute while the pastor talks and talks and talks.