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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.

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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A Defendant's Case and Their Rights

The defendant has a fundamental right to testify or not testify. · State v. Rivera, 402 S.C. 225 (2013). While the defendant as a right to be present at trial, they do not have a right to be absent

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