Ian Eppler is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School. In addition to his work on the Take Care Blog, he is an executive technical editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, a student attorney with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, and a member of the Progressive Jewish Alliance at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University and worked as a Justice Fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.
While President Trump has little direct control over how states administer the death penalty, his administration might seek to facilitate the acquisition of legal injection drugs and limit federal habeas review in capital cases. But these policies would raise major legal questions.
President Trump and Attorney General Sessions hold exceptionally pro-death penalty views. Here's how they might seek to increase use of capital punishment at the federal level, and why any such effort likely would fail.
Despite the failure of the proposed American Health Care Act, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans continue to discuss plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration continues to consider the possibility of withholding insurer subsidies.