Diathesis And The California Courts

Yesterday’s post discussed how the meaning of “must” in Nevada Revised Statutes can depend upon whether a verb is in the passive voice.  Here in California, I’ve made frequent sightings of discussions of the passive voice in opinions, including the following: Capo for Better Representation v. Kelley, 158 Cal.App.4th 1455 (2008) (“The Legislature could have used the vaguer, passive voice