Posted by Adam @ 4:29 pm on December 21st 2009

Polanski update: doping and sodomising a 13 year old still a punishable crime in California even if Judge a meanie

Roman Polanski loses his appeal in California on the grounds of misconduct by the (now deceased) presiding Judge. The Appeals court agree that there should be some examination of the complaints but don’t think that Polanski gets to dismiss the case from afar (presumably Polanski having pled* guilty doesn’t help matters).

We should all pause and shed the world’s smallest tear for Mr Polanski.

*I note that my browser dictionaries strangely do not recognise pled as either US or UK English, but ‘Polanski’ is apparently OK in US English.


  1. Copied from some website:

    Q: What is past tense of the word plead?

    A: From the Washington State Bar Association (link active as of 01-18-08:

    The verb “plead” rhymes with the verb “lead”- both are pronounced with an “eed” sound. But the past tense of “plead” is properly “pleaded,” and that’s the only form accepted by Black’s [Law Dictionary]. The colloquial “pled,” long frowned on, has become loosely acceptable in recent years, but is still not the preferred choice. And what is not acceptable at all is to render the past tense of “plead” as “plead.” If you must use “pled” as the past tense of “plead,” it has to be spelled “pled.” Avoid the problem by sticking with the long-accepted “pleaded.”

    Robert C. Cumbow is a shareholder at the Seattle firm of Graham & Dunn PC. He teaches at Seattle University School of Law and writes on law, language, and movies.

    That said, among the lay crowd “pled” has become more common and according to at least one reputable source, there are now two correct forms:

    * Pleaded
    * Pled

    Pleaded has historically been the preferred form, however pled has in recent times gained in popularity to the point where it is now considered equally acceptable.

    Source: Editors of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition

    You may choose to accept either answer, however in legal circles it appears that the only acceptable form is “pleaded”.


    The past tense of plead is pled


    Plead is already the past tense!

    Comment by Cameron — 12/21/2009 @ 4:50 pm

  2. That is a US English opinion, surely?

    Pshaw, I saw. Pshaw.

    Comment by Adam — 12/21/2009 @ 6:48 pm

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