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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Biden pledged to run a positive campaign, promising to "not speak ill of any of the Democratic candidates," and predicting the large field of candidates will be "winnowed out pretty quickly."
It makes no difference to Bush to speak ill of him now that he is dead but it matters greatly to all of us if we rewrite history.
"Leo is a friend of mine and I'd never speak ill of a friend," Maradona assured Spanish sports newspaper Marca on Wednesday.
Funny how the people who want rid of blasphemy would almost accuse you of that crime if you dare speak ill of a certain president.
Lastly, let me point out that if you want to test whether Raila is still the man of the moment, just speak ill of him in public or private - you will face the reaction.
"I just want to let the world know that Onika Tanya Maraj would never, has never and will never speak ill of anyone's child," she concluded.
It was not a good trend being set by PML-N lawmakers to blame and speak ill against senior Judges.
Miandad said the masses were aware of who the real culprits were and who had dissipated the finances, adding, I would never speak ill of a person who has been struggling for the past 20 years.
For instance, we don't speak ill of the dead because they can no longer defend themselves.
A few parents told me they were afraid people would speak ill of their children.
Speaking to media after the hearing of the cases against him, The PTI chief said that he did not wish to speak ill against anyone nor.
The 44-year-old singer admitted that "I'm against anyone speak ill of others, especially when they're someone with a long, successful and international career like Diab's."