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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)

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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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Good Yards Close, Loughborough, pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying class A drugs and will be sentenced on August 23.
| David Heys, 55 and of Wheatley Road, Burnley, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group received a 20 month prison sentence suspended for two years.
David Heys, 55, of Wheatley Road, Burnley, Lancashire pleaded guilty to participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group.
Waheed Talib Hussain, 39, of Richmond Road, Accrington, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of a suspended sentence order.
Dennis Doty, 49, of Murphysboro, pleaded guilty to battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
Paul Telford, 33, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing steaks, worth PS40, from Marks & Spencer on March 16 and breaching his bail on March 30.
Josh Thorpe, 18, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to three years and nine months in a young offenders institute after pleading guilty to pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and possession of a class A drug.
Poh Yen Chen 44, of Heol Llinos, Thornhill, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to speeding and was fined PS100 with a PS20 victim surcharge and PS60 costs.
Those who pleaded guilty will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court the week commencing October 7, while those that withheld pleas or pleaded not guilty will appear at the same court on September 23.
Carly Marie Cardwell, 25, of Holmsdale Road, Foleshill, pleaded guilty to being in possession of a Class A drug.
A 16-year-old boy from Quinton pleaded guilty to trespassing Sainsbury's and stealing two bottles of fizzy drinks worth pounds 2.40 and handling stolen goods.
Arkansas Business reported incorrectly last week that Miller had personally pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud.