Interactive Map: Death Penalty Stances Around the World

Winter 2009

For the full story: The Court at a Crossroads

In an increasingly global, interconnected world where national borders seem to mean less with each passing day, the Supreme Court is grappling with what to do about foreign legal precedent. The justices differ starkly on whether the Court should look to foreign law to inform its decisions or ignore precedent from other countries when interpreting the Constitution. 

To illustrate one issue the Court has wrestled with, this map presents the various stances on capital punishment around the world.

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Capital Punishment Data Courtesy of Amnesty International