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Non SCOTUS Maps

 

Currently, the Supreme Court Mapping Project is by definition focused on the Supreme Court. However, the Mapping Tool does permit users to "turn off" the Supreme Court overlay and use the Y-axis to represent precedent by ways other than the number of votes an opinion receives.

One example of how this non-SCOTUS dimension of the Tool can be used is provided below courtesy of  Chris Fabricant and Sarah Krieger at the Innocence Project. They used the Tool to map state-court doctrine concerning the admissibility of forensic bitemark evidence. They then created the Quicktime movie below to demonstrate the "echo chamber effect" at play in many bitemark admissibility rulings. [Please note: you need Quicktime installed on your browser to view the animation.]

This animation was created using the "slideshow" feature of the Mapping Tool and screen-capture recording software.

 

If you are interested in non-SCOTUS applications of the Tool, please contact Prof. Starger.