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plead

v. 1) in civil lawsuits and petitions, the filing of any document (pleading) including complaints, petitions, declarations, motions, and memoranda of points and authorities. 2) in criminal law, the entry of plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct. (See: plea, pleading)

TO PLEAD. The formal entry of the defendant's defence on the record. In a popular sense, it signifies the argument in a cause, but it is not so used by the profession. Steph. Pl. Appx. note I; Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 5, note.

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4 : to answer to a criminal charge <They all plead not guilty.>
So this begs the question as to what is the purpose of offering offenders the opportunity to plead 'guilty' or 'nor guilty' for if pleading 'not guilty' (in parts or in full) there awaits them maybe a much much longer jail sentence?
Ben Steven Villiers, 20, of Brinklow Road, Binley, pleaded guilty to harassment and breaching a suspended sentence.
Samantha Louise Smith, aged 36 of Arbury Hall Road, Shirley, pleaded guilty to falsely claiming pounds 50,085 and was sentenced to seven months in prison.
Pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply and has already been jailed for four years and six months.
Taylor Baker, 20, of Makanda, pleaded guilty to resisting a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
John McKenzie, Fox Street, Seaham, pleaded guilty to entering Penshaw Catholic Club and stealing cash.
Mohammed Mohsin Bus tt, 27, of Iden Road, Hillfields, pleaded guilty to being in possession of cannabis.
Malik Pitts, 19, of Carbondale, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class 2 felony.
Pleaded guilty to stealing skin cream, worth PS61.98, from Boots on February 1.
John Dyson, 23, of Clos Mabon, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to causing unlawful damage to property at the University Hospital of Wales.
Robert Aaron Collins, 25, of Bushberry Avenue, Tile Hill, pleaded guilty to drink driving.