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.

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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.
A number of President Bashar al-Assad's longtime apologists have decided that they can no longer stand mute.
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.
It is time for Palestinians to stand mute and silently wait for a relief that may never come.
Massive stone statues of humanlike figures on Easter Island in the South Pacific stand mute sentry over the remains of a now-defunct society thought by many researchers to have originated as early as A.
The confidentiality act "might provide somebody like the defendants in this case a shield by which they could tell an inquirer like my client that they weren't going to answer her questions, or simply refer her to their son for an explanation, or stand mute," Adams said.
I refuse to stand mute when opportunity is denied and justice is deferred and I hope and pray that you refuse to stand mute also," Mfume said.