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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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Launched in New York, the RWV Speak Out campaign is training and supporting local advocates and coalitions to organize similar events in communities around the country.
At the end of the Speak Out, the participants joined us in a lively discussion about all the various ways women could get involved in supporting efforts to reform the system.
Dubofsky tells us she's avoided such settings ("abortion speak outs"), among other reasons, because she feared she would start judging women.
These media "speak outs" made abortion an issue many women were talking about in public, and on TV, for the first time.

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