Sadly, pleaded seems to be the preferred word among all of the news media of late. It's even become acceptible in dictionaries.
Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8
or pled (
plŤd) plead∑ing, pleads verb, intransitive
To appeal earnestly; beg: plead for more time.
To offer reasons for or against something; argue earnestly: plead against a bill.
To provide an argument or appeal: Your youth and simplicity plead for you in this instance.
4.Law. a. To put forward a plea of a specific nature in court: plead guilty. b. To make or answer an allegation in a legal proceeding. c. To address a court as a lawyer or an advocate.