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The Golden Rule

In a 3-2 case, the SC Supreme Court analyzes (procedurally and substantively) the Golden Rule in closing arguments.

From the ABA:

While the majority does not rule on the substantive, underlying argument, the dissent explains their views on whether the "golden rule" was violated:

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