The Golden Rule Argument, 2018

77 x 61 cm, oil on canvas

The Golden Rule is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12). This is a common principle taught to children in all communities across the world. This rule is symbolized by the plant
with golden leaves. Despite this teaching, the Golden Rule is expressly disfavored in trial practice.

“Any argument regardless of nomenclature, which importunes the jury to place itself in the position of the victim must be carefully scrutinized.” McClain v. State, 267 Ga. 378 (1996).

The Golden Rule Argument